Software Team Leader Salary

On average, Software Team Leaders in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($97K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. In the world of Software Team Leaders, overall income ranges from $69K near the bottom to $138K at the top; this can include more than $19K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$69,454 - $130,019
(Median)
$69K
$97K
$130K
MEDIAN: $97,253
10%
50%
90%

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$7.54 - $64.11
(Median)
$7
$30
$64
MEDIAN: $30
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,454 - $130,019  
   
Bonus
$511 - $19,283  
Profit Sharing
$78.30 - $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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$69,108 - $138,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$500$1K$1.5K
Hourly Rate
$7.54 - $64.11  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $1,014  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$1M$2M$3M
Bonus
$511 - $19,283  
   
Profit Sharing
$78.30 - $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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$69,108 - $138,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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Job Description for Software Team Leader

  • Manage software release and production cycle from requirements collection to final delivery.
  • Program software and test for bugs.
  • Lead developers in creating, testing, and maintaining software.

Common Career Paths for Software Team Leader


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While Software Team Leaders do not often become Principal Software Engineers, the job pays $127K per year on average. More often than not, a Software Development Manager role is the next step for Software Team Leaders moving up in the field. Software Development Managers usually make $114K per year. Many other Software Team Leaders choose to take on a Software Development Project Manager role, where salaries are typically $86K.

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Popular Skills for Software Team Leader


Software Team Leaders report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Software Architecture, Java, C, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, SQL, and C#. Those familiar with Software Architecture also tend to know Project Management and C#.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Team Leader

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


For many Software Team Leaders, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $73K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $93K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $115K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $124K.

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Experience Affects Software Team Leader Salaries



National Average
$101,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Software Team Leader Salaries


Java
up arrow 11%

C
up arrow 10%

C++
up arrow 9%


Team Leadership
up arrow 6%

Linux
up arrow 5%

HTML
up arrow 5%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
up arrow 2%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$101,000

C#
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 4%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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