Average Lead Software Engineer Salary

$117,084
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$9,747
Bonus
$6,000
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The average salary for a Lead Software Engineer is $117,084.
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$83k
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$117k
90%
$156k
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What Do Lead Software Engineers Do?

Lead Software Engineer Tasks
  • Implement high quality code in an agile, test-driven development environment.
  • Create detailed software development plans and assign tasks to team members.
  • Scope development effort, and provide reliable resource and timeline estimates.
  • Coach and mentor development staff.
  • Perform performance and scalability analysis as needed.

Job Satisfaction for Lead Software Engineer

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The top respondents for the job title Lead Software Engineer are from the companies Target Corporation, Epam Systems and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC). Reported salaries are highest at Capital One Financial Corp where the average pay is $140,176. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Planned Parenthood and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), earning around $131,200 and $130,421, respectively. Epam Systems pays the lowest at around $101,846. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Target Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $117,772 and $128,647, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Lead Software Engineers?

Skills in Software Development, Software Architecture and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C# Programming Language and JavaScript.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Lead Software Engineers?

An entry-level Lead Software Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $91,733 based on 11 salaries. An early career Lead Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,498 based on 431 salaries. A mid-career Lead Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $112,006 based on 1,295 salaries. An experienced Lead Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $122,204 based on 1,754 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $128,834.
Employees with Lead Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 32.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (19.7% more) and New York, New York (17.5% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 4,081 survey responses.
Entry Level
0.3%
Early Career
10.6%
Mid Career
31.7%
Experienced
43.0%
Late Career
14.5%