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Working As A Lead Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $106,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Developer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Lead Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Lead Developer Career Paths

Lead Developer
Lead Technician Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Technical Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Service Delivery Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Lead User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Lead Developer 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Lead Developer
Developer 17.8%
Consultant 5.0%
Programmer 3.4%
Internship 2.0%
Top Careers After Lead Developer
Developer 7.8%
Consultant 6.8%
Architect 3.3%
Manager 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$106,000
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$79,000
Min 10%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$141,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Lead Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Developer in the United States is $106,407 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $79,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $141,000.

Real Lead Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Developer Utility Data Contractors, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Aug 07, 2016 $283,473
FX Development Lead Strike Technologies, LLC New York, NY Sep 24, 2016 $235,000
Leader of Research & Business Development Backyard Energy Services LLC Oklahoma City, OK Jan 05, 2016 $221,744
Lead Development Manager Riot Games Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 27, 2016 $220,000
Lead Developer Loggly, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 03, 2016 $188,822
Lead Mdms Developer Innovative Systems Group, Inc. Glen Ellyn, IL Jan 10, 2016 $185,743
Lead Developer Asap Solutions Group Dallas, TX Nov 20, 2015 $182,613
Lead Developer Asap Solutions Group Reston, VA Nov 20, 2015 $182,613
Lead Netezza Developer The Matlen Silver Group, Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 21, 2015 $177,395
Lead Development Manager Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 08, 2016 $175,947 -
$193,000
Lead Developer Forex Factory, Inc. Tampa, FL Aug 16, 2016 $175,000
Lead Developer Forex Factory, Inc. Tampa, FL Jan 10, 2016 $175,000
Lead Ecommerce Developer Levi Strauss & Co. San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2015 $175,000
Sfdc Lead Developer Genomic Health, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 08, 2016 $175,000
Lead Developer Homesite Group, Incorporated Boston, MA Apr 18, 2016 $112,632
Lead Developer Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 11, 2016 $112,452
Mobile Lead Developer Dots Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 27, 2015 $112,091
SAP Development Lead Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Jun 20, 2016 $112,029 -
$140,000
Lead Developer, To-Fixed Income Technology RBC Capital Markets, LLC Jersey City, NJ Jul 11, 2016 $112,000 -
$154,000
Lead Developer Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 31, 2016 $112,000 -
$132,600
Lead C# Developer CSG Systems, Inc. Chicago, IL Mar 10, 2016 $112,000 -
$132,000
ISD Developer Lead Automotive Rentals Inc. NJ Apr 20, 2016 $112,000 -
$122,000
Lead Developer American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Nov 01, 2015 $94,640
Lead Developer Metaoption LLC Aventura, FL Mar 23, 2015 $94,640
PHP Development Lead Aditi Technologies Pvt. Ltd. San Francisco, CA May 20, 2015 $94,500 -
$120,000
Development Lead Accenture LLP Seattle, WA Apr 21, 2015 $94,400
Development Lead Accenture LLP Seattle, WA Jul 30, 2015 $94,400
Lead Developer Orion Systems Integrators, LLC Monmouth Junction, NJ Nov 19, 2015 $94,000
Lead Developer Orion Systems Integrators, LLC Monmouth Junction, NJ Jan 13, 2016 $94,000
Lead Developer Orion Systems Integrators, LLC Monmouth Junction, NJ Jan 19, 2016 $94,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implement secure coding principles for web applications and manage database security.
  • Designed a custom Database with 25 tables and 18 PL/SQL procedures to support data storage, retrieval and validations.
  • Assessed and developed business intelligence reports using the Comptroller of Maryland's data warehouse.
  • Developed SSIS packages for APAC regions sales data in SQL server 2005 data marts and supported the job failures.
  • Interacted with Clients to understand business requirements and converted to technology solutions.

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  5. California
  6. District of Columbia
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Lead Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

66.9%

Female

20.9%

Unknown

12.2%
Ethnicity

White

52.0%

Asian

21.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.3%

French

12.9%

German

4.9%

Chinese

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Mandarin

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Hindi

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Gujarati

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Czech

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Swedish

0.9%

Telugu

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%
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Lead Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.0%

More Tech Institute

8.3%

University of Central Florida

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

6.1%

New York University

5.7%

Arizona State University

4.8%

University of Washington

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

University of Houston

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Purdue University

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.2%

University of Florida

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

University of North Texas

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.6%

Business

13.6%

Computer Engineering

8.1%

Computer Applications

7.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.1%

Information Technology

5.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Engineering

3.5%

Management

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Information Systems

2.1%

Communication

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Psychology

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Education

1.4%

Accounting

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.6%

Masters

32.4%

Other

10.5%

Associate

3.7%

Doctorate

2.7%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.1%
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