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How Much Does a Lead Developer Earn In The United States?

Lead Developer Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$102,000
$78,000
$102,000
$135,000
Lead developers in the United States make an average salary of $102,930 per year or $49.49 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $78,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $135,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, California, New York, Virginia, and Connecticut provide the highest lead developer salaries.
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Where Lead Developers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where lead developers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Lead Developers Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Washington, California and New York, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for lead developers. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Kansas, West Virginia, and Alaska.
Location
1. San Francisco, CA
$130,431
Avg. Salary
$69k
$160k
2. Seattle, WA
$126,134
Avg. Salary
$69k
$160k
3. Washington, DC
$117,690
Avg. Salary
$69k
$160k
4. New York, NY
$106,888
Avg. Salary
$69k
$160k
5. Reston, VA
$105,919
Avg. Salary
$69k
$160k
6. San Antonio, TX
$105,304
Avg. Salary
$69k
$160k

High Paying Lead Developer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Lead Developers The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like AstraZeneca and Purdue Pharma as they offer the highest salaries for lead developers.
Company
Avg. Salary
$112k
$152k
Avg. Salary
$112k
$152k
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$112k
$152k
Avg. Salary
$112k
$152k
Avg. Salary
$112k
$152k
Avg. Salary
$112k
$152k

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Lead Developer Salary History

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    How Much Do Lead Developers Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, lead developer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that finance, telecommunication, and retail companies tend to offer much higher salaries for lead developers. For example, lead developers make a whopping average salary of $113,634 while working for finance companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $112,320 at telecommunication companies and $110,738 at retail companies. But lead developers may want to avoid working in the technology industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $102,697.
    1. Finance
    $113,634
    Avg. Salary
    $87k
    $126k
    2. Telecommunication
    $112,320
    Avg. Salary
    $87k
    $126k
    3. Retail
    $110,738
    Avg. Salary
    $87k
    $126k
    4. Health Care
    $110,267
    Avg. Salary
    $87k
    $126k
    5. Transportation
    $110,138
    Avg. Salary
    $87k
    $126k
    6. Manufacturing
    $106,857
    Avg. Salary
    $87k
    $126k

    How Experience Affects Lead Developer Salaries

    The salary for a lead developer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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