$106,338
Avg. Salary
$62.29
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$7,765

Profit Sharing

$4,122

The average pay for a Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) is $62.29 per hour.

The average pay for a Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) is $106,338 per year.

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90%
MEDIAN $62
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MEDIAN $106,338
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MEDIAN: $106,338
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$40.85 - $96.58
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$0$156K
Salary $75,857 - $145,126
Bonus $1,941 - $24,805
Profit Sharing $515 - $19,392
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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$77,387 - $156,462
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 898
Hourly Data $0$96
Hourly Rate $40.85 - $96.58
Overtime $67.33
Annual Data $0$156K
Bonus $1,941 - $24,805
Profit Sharing $515 - $19,392
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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$77,387 - $156,462
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 32

Job Description for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

A lead software development engineer will lead efforts to create software that fits certain needs within a company. Work may be done for a consulting company that provides software solutions to various companies, or it may be done directly for a company. This software can have various purposes. In any case, the engineer will often try to make the format of the software easier to use for the end user.

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Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Tasks

  • Work with designers and content producers.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for server applications.
  • Write code to create multi-threaded, networked server applications.
  • Use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools.
  • Test and document software for server applications.

Popular Employer Salaries for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Lead Software Development Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Microsoft Corp, Wipro Technologies Ltd., Amazon.com Inc, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and Accenture Technology Solutions. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Amazon.com Inc offers the most; Lead Software Development Engineers earn $147K on average there.

Common Career Paths for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


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As Lead Software Development Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Software Engineering, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Software Engineering Directors earn $139K on average per year. The most common next step for a Lead Software Development Engineer is to become a Software Development Manager or a Software Architect. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $1K more per year.

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Lead Software Development Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Object Oriented Programming, C++ Programming Language, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL, ASP.NET, and ASP.NET Framework. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed in ASP.NET and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Pay by Experience for a Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 60 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 204 salaries. An experienced Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 246 salaries. A Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $121,000 based on 69 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

27%

24%

21%

-9%

-18%

National Average: $111,973

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Lead Software Development Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Lead Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+27 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Columbus (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Philadelphia (18 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)?

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) in San Antonio, Texas:
"Good for families, bad for singles."
Pros:
Cons: I grew up here. The weather, traffic, city planning strategy are all terrible.

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Southlake:
"Too many meetings and lack of good developers."
Prepare to set low standards on developers in the team as it's hard to get a good one where you can just give tasks and leave without any worries.

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Denver:
"Not satisfied with Work Environment."
Pros: Work Flexibility, Office Conditions, Professional, System, Company Stability.
Cons: Stress, Long hours, Management, Work Environment.

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Key Stats for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
16%

Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲8%

▲5%

National Average
$112,000

▼10%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲7%


▲3%


C++
▼0%

National Average
$112,000

C
▼2%

▼3%

▼5%

▼7%

C#
▼8%



▼10%


SQL
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 8%