Lead Software Engineer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Lead Software Engineer is $99,153 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Lead Software Engineer Salary (?
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$70,441 - $132,252
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MEDIAN: $99,152
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Lead Software Engineer Salary (?
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$33.60 - $88.23
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MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,441 - $132,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,278  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $13,155  
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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$71,504 - $141,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,868
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$33.60 - $88.23  
   
Overtime
$25.69 - $80.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,278  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $13,155  
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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$71,504 - $141,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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Job Description for Lead Software Engineer

A lead software engineer holds many responsibilities, primarily developing and testing software programs. Responsibilities for a lead software engineer can vary vastly depending on the company, department, and infrastructure of the employer. They are employed in a variety of sectors, including not only software companies, but also in health care, insurance, retail, and many other industries. Lead software engineers can expect to be involved in design planning, scheduling release dates, participating in product committees, contacting clients, and heading up project leadership.
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Lead Software Engineer Tasks
  • Coach and mentor development staff.
  • Perform performance and scalability analysis as needed.
  • Scope development effort, and provide reliable resource and timeline estimates.
  • Implement high quality code in an agile, test-driven development environment.
  • Create detailed software development plans and assign tasks to team members.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lead Software Engineer

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Pay Difference By Location

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Experience Affects Lead Software Engineer Salaries

National Average
$103,000

Skills That Affect Lead Software Engineer Salaries

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C++
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C
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JavaScript
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Java/J2EE
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Project Management
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$103,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%