Updated February 9, 2022
Average Lead Developer Salary
$118,000 yearly
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$56.99 hourly

Entry level Salary
$90,000 yearly
$90,000
10 %
$118,000
Median
$154,000
90 %
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What is a Lead Developer's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$154,000$12,833$74
75th Percentile$136,000$11,333$65
Average$118,541$9,878$57
25th Percentile$102,000$8,500$49
10th Percentile$90,000$7,500$43

Average Lead Developer Salary By State

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Lead Developer average salary by State

StateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
Alabama$97,777$47.01482
Alaska$89,254$42.91182
Arizona$123,627$59.44775
Arkansas$104,118$50.06598
California$142,966$68.734,815
Colorado$112,346$54.01813
Connecticut$116,387$55.96454
Delaware$114,275$54.94183
District of Columbia$117,214$56.35543
Florida$110,506$53.132,093
Georgia$114,907$55.241,367
Hawaii$97,680$46.9695
Idaho$115,771$55.66472
Illinois$96,675$46.481,763
Indiana$99,126$47.66849
Iowa$95,252$45.79395
Kansas$93,668$45.03721
Kentucky$97,222$46.74432
Louisiana$104,226$50.11339
Maine$96,517$46.40174
Maryland$114,392$55.001,265
Massachusetts$117,112$56.301,446
Michigan$102,227$49.15929
Minnesota$102,254$49.16962
Mississippi$105,587$50.76138
Missouri$102,254$49.16715
Montana$124,788$59.99345
Nebraska$101,972$49.02557
Nevada$122,780$59.03576
New Hampshire$110,925$53.33264
New Jersey$110,190$52.981,607
New Mexico$102,280$49.17510
New York$113,584$54.611,708
North Carolina$105,971$50.951,466
North Dakota$95,178$45.76125
Ohio$105,168$50.561,446
Oklahoma$104,410$50.20542
Oregon$129,812$62.41738
Pennsylvania$108,666$52.241,670
Rhode Island$107,038$51.46237
South Carolina$109,775$52.78338
South Dakota$90,015$43.28203
Tennessee$107,031$51.46537
Texas$118,405$56.932,923
Utah$123,399$59.331,032
Vermont$109,650$52.72149
Virginia$112,439$54.062,017
Washington$141,883$68.211,000
West Virginia$95,079$45.71153
Wisconsin$96,871$46.57651
Wyoming$95,664$45.9991

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Highest Paying Cities For Lead Developer

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CityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
San Francisco, CA$151,297$72.74
Seattle, WA$142,309$68.42
Phoenix, AZ$123,862$59.55
Salt Lake City, UT$123,182$59.22
Austin, TX$119,278$57.35
Washington, DC$117,276$56.38

How much does a Lead Developer make?

  • The average Lead Developer makes $118,541 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a Lead Developer is $56.99.
  • The average entry-level Lead Developer salary is $90,000.
  • Highest paying states for Lead Developer are California ($142,966), Washington ($141,883), Oregon ($142,966) and Montana ($142,966).
  • Highest paying cities for Lead Developer are San Francisco, CA ($151,297), Seattle, WA, Phoenix, AZ, Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX.
  • Lead Developers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $90,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $154,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $136,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $102,000
  • Industries with the highest Lead Developer salaries are Retail, Finance and Manufacturing.

Average Lead Developer Salary Over Time

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    Lead Developer Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$119,000$56.99+3.3%
    2021$115,000$55.11+2.3%
    2020$112,000$53.87+1.8%
    2019$110,000$52.91+1.7%
    2018$108,000$52.02+1.8%

    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 Retail, Finance, and Manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for Lead Developers. For example, Lead Developers make a whopping average salary of $129,852 while working for Retail companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $128,888 at Finance companies and $126,481 at Manufacturing companies. But Lead Developers may want to avoid working in the Telecommunication industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $119,798.

    Highest Paying Industries For Lead Developers

    RankIndustryAverage Lead Developer SalaryLead Developer Salary Range
    1Retail
    $129,852
    $104k
    $146k
    2Finance
    $128,888
    $104k
    $146k
    3Manufacturing
    $126,481
    $104k
    $146k
    4Technology
    $122,923
    $104k
    $146k
    5Professional
    $121,335
    $104k
    $146k
    6Telecommunication
    $119,798
    $104k
    $146k

    High Paying Lead Developer Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Lead Developer Salary
    Java developers are in charge of the design, development, and management of Java-based applications. Whereas, J2EE or Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition developers are responsible for developing web and software enterprise-internet level applications. Both developers utilize the Java programming language, but the first one develops desktop-based applications while the later develop enterprise-related applications. Java developers have many roles and responsibilities, and they vary based on the applications that they develop and design.
    Mobile Applications Developer

    Avg. salary: $99,449

    A mobile application developer is responsible for designing programming applications for mobile devices according to clients' specifications and business demands. Mobile application developers must have excellent knowledge of the technology industry, as well as computer system commands to develop efficient scripts and smooth navigation of operating systems. They analyze the clients' needs and recommend application solutions within their budget limitations and timeframe. A mobile application developer identifies inconsistencies and glitches with the output before submission to ensure its stability and optimal performance.
    Data Warehouse Developer

    Avg. salary: $93,933

    Data Warehouse Developers are information technology (IT) professionals assigned to manage company-related information or data. They are responsible for creating the company's data warehouse, where the company's data will be stored. Data warehouse developers are also expected to provide the maintenance needs related to the program.
    Applications Developer

    Avg. salary: $92,312

    An application developer is responsible for creating program applications for devices based on clients' specifications and business needs. Application developers must have excellent knowledge of computer systems, as well as a strong command of programming languages to develop customized programs. Duties of an application developer also include running diagnostic tests to ensure the application's performance and stability, providing instruction manuals for reference, performing troubleshooting for any inconsistencies, upgrading design codes for optimization, and launching the application following the client's timetable.
    Architect And Developer

    Avg. salary: $112,570

    An Architect And Developer is focused on the technical design, architecture, and development of products. They generally work as a part of the development team.
    Mainframe Developer

    Avg. salary: $88,909

    A mainframe developer specializes in designing and developing information technology systems. Their responsibilities include performing system installations and modifications, creating test structures, gathering and analyzing data, conducting risk assessments, providing support for project requirements, and implementing plans such as disaster recovery and interface layout. They may also investigate client feedback, troubleshoot issues, and perform systems repairs as needed. Furthermore, as a mainframe developer, it is essential to maintain regular maintenance checks, providing technical support and guidelines to company employees.
    Java/J2ee Developer

    Avg. salary: $91,560

    Java developers are in charge of the design, development, and management of Java-based applications. Whereas, J2EE or Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition developers are responsible for developing web and software enterprise-internet level applications. Both developers utilize the Java programming language, but the first one develops desktop-based applications while the later develop enterprise-related applications. Java developers have many roles and responsibilities, and they vary based on the applications that they develop and design.

    Average Salary By Related Field

    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Mobile Applications Developer$99,449$8,287$47.81187,180
    Data Warehouse Developer$93,933$7,828$45.16191,879
    Applications Developer$92,312$7,693$44.38295,276
    Architect And Developer$112,570$9,381$54.12334,717
    Mainframe Developer$88,909$7,409$42.74159,425
    Java/J2ee Developer$91,560$7,630$44.02164,883
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    Lead Developer Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.

    Lead Developer Salary By Experience Level

    Experience LevelAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
    Entry Level$74,800$35.94
    Mid Level$105,000$50.46
    Senior Level$187,000$90.09

    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 Facebook and Google as they offer the highest salaries for Lead Developers.

    Highest Paying Companies For Lead Developers

    RankCompanyZippia ScoreAverage Lead Developer SalaryAverage Salary
    1$190,026
    2$187,526
    3$182,234
    4$164,397
    5$162,688
    6$161,945

    And if you're looking for a job, here are the five top employers hiring now:

    1. Microsoft Jobs (116)
    2. Cisco Systems Jobs (45)
    3. American Red Cross Jobs (74)
    4. Office Depot Jobs (70)
    5. Wipro Jobs (74)

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    Recently Added Lead Developer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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    Average Lead Developer Salary by Demographic

    Lead Developer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $116,039
    female-income
    Female Income
    $108,181
    GenderIncome
    Male$116,039
    Female$108,181
    Median Lead Developer Income by Race
    Asian Lead Developers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Lead Developers have the lowest average salary at $106,690.
    $120,000
    $96,000
    $72,000
    $48,000
    $24,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino

    Lead Developer Income by Race

    EthnicitySalary
    White$112,534
    Black or African American$106,690
    Asian$117,732
    Hispanic or Latino$110,130
    Average Lead Developer Salary by Education Level
    Lead Developers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $138,919 annually. With a Masters degree, Lead Developers earn a median annual income of $125,858 compared to $116,039 for Lead Developers with an Bachelors degree.
    $140,000
    $112,000
    $84,000
    $56,000
    $28,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree

    Lead Developer Salary by Education Level

    EducationSalary
    Master's Degree$125,858
    Bachelor's Degree$116,039
    Doctorate Degree$138,919