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, total cash compensation can vary between $68K and $138K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $18K and $14K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Software Team Leaders like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,100 - $130,187
MEDIAN: $97,447

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National Salary Data (?
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$69,100 - $130,187  
$251.00 - $18,190  
Profit Sharing
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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).
$68,424 - $138,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 283
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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

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Many Software Team Leaders transition into upper-level Software Development Manager positions. Software Development Managers earn a median of $113K per year. Software Team Leaders most frequently advance into Software Development Project Manager and Information Technology Project Manager roles even though the median salaries are $14K lower and $15K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Software Architecture, Java, C, and Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS. Most people familiar with Software Architecture also know Project Management and C#.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Software Team Leaders who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $72K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $93K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $114K. Software Team Leaders with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $127K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.


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Years of Experience

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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%