The average salary for a Lead Software Engineer is $106,660 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$75,779 - $143,916
(Median)
$76K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $106,660
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$31.06 - $92.81
(Median)
$31
$67
$93
MEDIAN: $67.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,779 - $143,916  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $20,054  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $15,319  
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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$76,772 - $153,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,917
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$31.06 - $92.81  
   
Overtime
$29.59 - $77.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,007 - $20,054  
   
Profit Sharing
$993 - $15,319  
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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$76,772 - $153,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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

National Average: $110,430

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Lead Software Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Lead Software Engineer?

Lead Software Engineer in Lincoln:
"Lacking structure & support."
Pros: Flexibility. I'm able to change processes very quickly and am involved in nearly all aspects of the company.
Cons: Terrible management. Non-existent structure, no support for developers. Zero professional enrichment opportunities. Tons of stress due to chronic understaffing.

Lead Software Engineer in North Haven:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: The CEO is very old school and is there for you not any as an employer but an individual who cares about the people working for him.
Cons: At times management does not listen when you try to describe and issue or ask a question.

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Experience Affects Lead Software Engineer Salaries



National Average
$110,000



Skills That Affect Lead Software Engineer Salaries


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Software Development
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Database
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JavaScript
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C++
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C++ Programming Language
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National Average
$110,000

SQL
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.NET
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ASP.NET Framework
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 261 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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