Salaries//Lead Software Engineer

Lead Software Engineer salary in US

Average Base Salary in US

$153,578
$21,346
Additional Cash Compensation
$174,924
Total Compensation
Median: 145,000
Min: $44K
Max: $450K

How Much Does a Lead Software Engineer Make in US?

The average salary for a Lead Software Engineer in US is $153,578. The average additional cash compensation for a Lead Software Engineer in US is $21,346. The average total compensation for a Lead Software Engineer in US is $174,924. Lead Software Engineer salaries are based on responses gathered by Built In from anonymous Lead Software Engineer employees in US.

Lead Software Engineer
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best-paying cities for Lead Software Engineer

The metropolitan areas that pay the highest salaries for software engineers are San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Remote and Los Angeles.
City NameAverage SalaryCompared to National Average
San Francisco, CA$197,115
+ 27% (143,767)
New York City, NY$179,687
+ 20% (143,767)
Seattle, WA$175,347
+ 18% (143,767)
Remote$172,767
+ 17% (143,767)
Los Angeles, CA$168,286
+ 15% (143,767)
Austin, TX$167,675
+ 14% (143,767)
Colorado, CO$165,000
+ 13% (143,767)
Boston, MA$162,147
+ 11% (143,767)
Fort Collins$160,000
+ 10% (143,767)
Orange County$156,500
+ 8% (143,767)

Lead Software Engineer Salary by gender

The average Lead Software Engineer salary for women is $173,203 and the average Lead Software Engineer salary for men is $154,730.

Lead Software Engineer Salary by Years of Experience

The average salary for a Lead Software Engineer with 7+ years of experience is $163,222. The average salary for <1 year of experience is $119,000.

Lead Software Engineer Salary ranges

The most common Lead Software Engineer salary in US is between $140k - $150k.

Average Dev + Engineer salaries in US

Job TitleAverage SalarySalary Range
Wordpress Developer$71,129
Min: $55K
Max: $96K
Junior Web Developer$76,862
Min: $64K
Max: $93K
Implementation Specialist$80,546
Min: $38K
Max: $235K
QA Analyst$84,146
Min: $42K
Max: $175K
Network Engineer$86,626
Min: $78K
Max: $105K
Junior Software Engineer$89,264
Min: $0K
Max: $190K
RPA Developer$89,414
Min: $80K
Max: $127K
Junior Software Developer$90,136
Min: $77K
Max: $120K
Web Developer$92,435
Min: $72K
Max: $135K
Tableau Developer$94,349
Min: $87K
Max: $121K
QA Engineer$99,012
Min: $40K
Max: $230K
React Developer$99,184
Min: $85K
Max: $136K
Power BI Developer$100,015
Min: $95K
Max: $107K
Software Test Engineer$100,894
Min: $40K
Max: $200K
Test Engineer$101,919
Min: $81K
Max: $137K
Javascript Developer$102,449
Min: $84K
Max: $119K
SQL Developer$104,864
Min: $89K
Max: $130K
App Developer$105,160
Min: $51K
Max: $197K
Automation Engineer$105,775
Min: $10K
Max: $240K
AWS Developer$108,134
Min: $92K
Max: $150K
Blockchain Developer$108,607
Min: $90K
Max: $180K
Front End Developer$108,871
Min: $0K
Max: $330K
Android Developer$111,145
Min: $0K
Max: $310K
Salesforce Developer$113,431
Min: $45K
Max: $221K
IT Engineer$113,927
Min: $61K
Max: $174K
Python Developer$114,144
Min: $85K
Max: $160K
Application Engineer$115,924
Min: $78K
Max: $225K
Game Developer$116,189
Min: $4K
Max: $214K
iOS Developer$117,627
Min: $2K
Max: $391K
Database Developer$117,862
Min: $90K
Max: $208K
Systems Engineer$123,225
Min: $55K
Max: $301K
Java Developer$123,785
Min: $87K
Max: $175K
Data Engineer$125,065
Min: $0K
Max: $300K
Sales Engineer$127,004
Min: $9K
Max: $305K
Robotics Engineer$127,090
Min: $89K
Max: $302K
Security Engineer$129,112
Min: $10K
Max: $375K
Site Reliability Engineer$130,917
Min: $70K
Max: $300K
QA Manager$131,012
Min: $45K
Max: $260K
Database Administrator$131,381
Min: $69K
Max: $260K
DevOps Engineer$133,087
Min: $43K
Max: $325K
Cloud Security Engineer$134,398
Min: $95K
Max: $250K
Aerospace Engineer$135,465
Min: $94K
Max: $235K
Software Engineer$136,228
Min: $0K
Max: $400K
Hardware Engineer$137,199
Min: $64K
Max: $253K
Senior Data Engineer$137,830
Min: $30K
Max: $254K
Cloud Engineer$138,575
Min: $95K
Max: $190K
Senior Systems Engineer$139,179
Min: $82K
Max: $250K
Design Engineer$143,239
Min: $83K
Max: $233K
Data Architect$145,374
Min: $0K
Max: $279K
Full Stack Developer$147,100
Min: $80K
Max: $260K
Business Intelligence Developer$149,250
Min: $80K
Max: $250K
Software Developer$149,721
Min: $75K
Max: $274K
Senior Software Engineer$152,999
Min: $18K
Max: $366K
Lead Software Engineer$153,578
Min: $44K
Max: $450K
Back End Developer$153,979
Min: $68K
Max: $250K
Cybersecurity Engineer$154,051
Min: $60K
Max: $333K
Machine Learning Engineer$155,888
Min: $70K
Max: $285K
AI Engineer$155,918
Min: $80K
Max: $338K
Senior Software Developer$162,281
Min: $112K
Max: $300K
Data Engineering Manager$164,650
Min: $110K
Max: $279K
Principal Software Engineer$171,112
Min: $86K
Max: $375K
Engineering Manager$171,176
Min: $0K
Max: $531K
Director of Software Engineering$193,944
Min: $2K
Max: $420K
Quant Developer$196,161
Min: $127K
Max: $500K
CTO (Chief Technology Officer)$222,198
Min: $0K
Max: $575K
Vice President of Engineering$223,848
Min: $130K
Max: $500K
CIO (Chief Information Officer)$227,984
Min: $96K
Max: $450K

FAQ

Q:

What is a lead software engineer?

A.
A lead software engineer oversees the entire software development lifecycle from design all the way to testing.
Q:

How to become a lead software engineer?

A.
A lead software engineer typically holds a bachelor’s degree in a field like computer science as well as approximately seven to eight years of relevant experience. Relevant experience should not only include coding expertise, but also familiarity with project management and quality assurance practices.
Q:

How much does a lead software engineer make?

A.

The salary range for a lead software engineer is $44K-$450K. The average salary for a Lead Software Engineer in US is $153,578.

Q:

What is a software lead vs a senior software engineer?

A.
Though both roles have similar responsibilities, lead software engineers typically have a larger focus on managing other engineers and business processes.

Career Info

Lead Software Engineer jobs in US

Skills that affect Lead Software Engineer salaries in US

1
Javascript
1% have this skill
2
Java
1% have this skill
3
.NET
1% have this skill
4
SQL
1% have this skill
5
Node.js
1% have this skill
6
Amazon Web Services
0% have this skill

Average Lead Software Engineer Salary by Company Size

People with the job title Lead Software Engineer make the most at companies with 201-500 employees, earning $159,172 on average.

Recent Lead Software Engineer salaries in US

$180,000
Yearly Salary
A Senior Staff Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $180,000 with +$33,750 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Female
1,000+ Employees
Remote
$150,000
Yearly Salary
A Solution Architect reported a yearly salary of $150,000
7+ Years of Experience
Other
51-200 Employees
Remote
$190,000
Yearly Salary
A Lead Engineer, eComm Engineering reported a yearly salary of $190,000 with +$38,000 in additional cash compensation
5-7 Years of Experience
Prefer not to say
1,000+ Employees
San Francisco, CA
$180,000
Yearly Salary
A Lead Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $180,000
7+ Years of Experience
Female
11-50 Employees
Remote
$190,000
Yearly Salary
A Lead Engineer, eComm Engineering reported a yearly salary of $190,000 with +$38,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
1,000+ Employees
San Francisco, CA
$215,000
Yearly Salary
A Technical Lead reported a yearly salary of $215,000
7+ Years of Experience
Prefer not to say
1,000+ Employees
Remote
$165,000
Yearly Salary
A Lead Engineer, Global E-Commerce Platform reported a yearly salary of $165,000
5-7 Years of Experience
Prefer not to say
1,000+ Employees
Los Angeles, CA
$170,000
Yearly Salary
A Enterprise Architect reported a yearly salary of $170,000 with +$10,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Prefer not to say
1,000+ Employees
Detroit, MI
$207,650
Yearly Salary
A Engineering Tech Lead reported a yearly salary of $207,650
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Remote
$155,000
Yearly Salary
A Lead Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $155,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Boston, MA