After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a lead developer. We found that 68.0% of lead developers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 20.9% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most lead developers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's impossible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every nine lead developers were not college graduates.
Those lead developers who do attend college, typically earn either computer science degrees or business degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for lead developers include electrical engineering degrees or computer engineering degrees.
When you're ready to become a lead developer, you might wonder which companies hire lead developers. According to our research through lead developer resumes, lead developers are mostly hired by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lumina, and Accenture. Now is a good time to apply as PricewaterhouseCoopers has 114 lead developers job openings, and there are 54 at Lumina and 53 at Accenture.
Since salary is important to some lead developers, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Adobe, AstraZeneca, and Sanofi US. If you were to take a closer look at Adobe, you'd find that the average lead developer salary is $144,858. Then at AstraZeneca, lead developers receive an average salary of $144,848, while the salary at Sanofi US is $144,204.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Motorola Solutions. These three companies have hired a significant number of lead developers from these institutions.
For the most part, lead developers make their living in the technology and finance industries. Lead developers tend to make the most in the finance industry with an average salary of $113,634. The lead developer annual salary in the telecommunication and retail industries generally make $112,320 and $110,738 respectively. Additionally, lead developers who work in the finance industry make 10.6% more than lead developers in the technology Industry.