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Become A Lead Developer

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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

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Developer Do

A Lead Developer designs and develops software and web or desktop applications for a company. They conduct an analysis of the company’s needs and goals for the development and implementation of application systems.

How To Become A Lead Developer

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


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.


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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Real Lead Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Leader, Development and Strategy Chegg, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 19, 2015 $300,000
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
Lead Developer Loggly, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 03, 2016 $188,822
ETL Lead Developer Populus Group LLC Raleigh, NC Sep 11, 2015 $187,830
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
Technical Lead Development Architect Personalis, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 01, 2015 $176,000
Sfdc Lead Developer Genomic Health, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 08, 2016 $175,000
Lead Developer Forex Factory, Inc. Tampa, FL Aug 16, 2016 $175,000
Lead Ecommerce Developer Levi Strauss & Co. San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2015 $175,000
Lead Data Quality Developer Comcast Cable Communications, LLC West Chester, PA Jun 06, 2016 $111,925 -
Lead Developer Datafloat LLC New York, NY Sep 20, 2016 $111,500
Lead Developer Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 15, 2016 $111,500 -
Lead Developer Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $111,405
Lead Developer LPL Financial LLC Fort Mill, SC Dec 27, 2016 $111,405 -
Lead C# Developer CSG Systems, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 28, 2016 $111,300 -
Systems Lead/Developer Friendly Consultants, Inc. Princeton Junction, NJ Jun 07, 2016 $111,259
Lead Developer Datafloat LLC New York, NY Feb 01, 2016 $111,200
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
Development Lead Accenture LLP Seattle, WA Apr 21, 2015 $94,400
Development Lead Accenture LLP Seattle, WA Jul 30, 2015 $94,400
Lead Backend Developer Hypemarks Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 18, 2016 $94,000
Lead Developer Orion Systems Integrators LLC Monmouth Junction, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $94,000 -
Lead Developer Orion Systems Integrators, LLC Monmouth Junction, NJ Jan 19, 2016 $94,000
Lead Developer Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $94,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Developer


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Top Lead Developer Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed teams of programmers and designers to complete web application projects.
  • Developed complex Pl/Sql procedures and packages as part of Transformation and data cleansing.
  • Maintained warehouse metadata, naming standards and data warehouse standards for future application development.
  • Supported maintenance schedules, backups, document restores and SQL Server 7.0/6.5 database repository.
  • Developed Infrastructure for SOAP Web services interface.

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