Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Salaries for Lead Software Development Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $24K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Lead Software Development Engineers spread between $76K and $155K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$74,754 - $145,766
$75K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $103,251
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90%

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$40.27 - $84.43
$40
$57
$84
MEDIAN: $56.53
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$74,754 - $145,766  
   
Bonus
$1,192 - $23,505  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $15,170  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$76,261 - $155,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 446
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$40.27 - $84.43  
   
Overtime
$40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,192 - $23,505  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $15,170  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$76,261 - $155,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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Job Description for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

A lead software development engineer will lead efforts to create software that fits certain needs within a company. Work may be done for a consulting company that provides software solutions to various companies, or it may be done directly for a company. This software can have various purposes. In any case, the engineer will often try to make the format of the software easier to use for the end user.

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Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software for server applications.
  • Write code to create multi-threaded, networked server applications.
  • Use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools.
  • Test and document software for server applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.

Common Career Paths for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


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Lead Software Development Engineers who go on to become Software Engineering Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Software Engineering Directors is $139K annually. Career advancement for the typical Lead Software Development Engineer often leads to becoming a Software Development Manager or a Software Architect; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Microsoft Corp, Wipro Technologies Ltd., Amazon.com Inc, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and Accenture Technology Solutions are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Lead Software Development Engineers. Those at Amazon.com Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $147K.

Popular Skills for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Lead Software Development Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Object Oriented Programming, C++ Programming Language, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL, ASP.NET, and ASP.NET Framework. Those familiar with .NET also tend to know ASP.NET and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Lead Software Development Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $91K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $100K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Lead Software Development Engineers make a median salary of $118K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,373

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Lead Software Development Engineers that is 37 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Lead Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Redmond (+30 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Columbus (+14 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Minneapolis and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)?

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Denver:
`"$Not satisfied with Work Environment."`
Pros: Work Flexibility, Office Conditions, Professional, System, Company Stability.
Cons: Stress, Long hours, Management, Work Environment.

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Key Stats for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲11%

▲8%

National Average
$109,000

▼8%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲10%



▲5%

C++
▲2%

C
▲1%

National Average
$109,000

▼1%

▼2%


▼5%

C#
▼6%


▼8%


SQL
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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