Software Team Leader Salary

With just over a half of Software Team Leaders in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Software Team Leaders is $96K annually and can range from $68K on the lower end to $136K per year near the higher end. Total cash earnings of Software Team Leaders range from $68K on the low end to $136K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $18K and $14K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$68,522 - $128,793

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National Salary Data (?
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$68,522 - $128,793  
$2.14 - $18,121  
Profit Sharing
$77.57 - $13,911  
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).
$67,798 - $136,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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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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Software Team Leaders often transition into upper-level roles like Software Development Manager, for which the average compensation is $113K per year. Many Software Team Leaders choose to become Software Development Project Managers and Information Technology Project Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $13K less and $14K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Team Leader

Software Team Leaders seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Software Architecture, C++, Java, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS and SQL. Most people who know Software Architecture also 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Software Team Leaders. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $72K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $92K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $111K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $128K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Software Team Leader Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.


7 %
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%