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Working As A Lead Development Engineer

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

  • $116,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Development Engineer 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 Development Engineer

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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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Lead Development Engineer
Engineer 6.6%
Developer 4.4%
Consultant 2.6%
Top Careers After Lead Development Engineer
Consultant 10.3%
Developer 3.9%
Manager 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$116,000
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$88,000
Min 10%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
$153,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nvidia
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Lead Development Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Development Engineer in the United States is $116,648 per year or $56 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $88,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $153,000.

Real Lead Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Innovations-Lead Developer and Software Engineer The Blackstone Group New York, NY Aug 05, 2013 $180,000
Lead Development Operations Engineer Gap Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 09, 2014 $150,000
Lead Developer and Senior Engineer Burrito Labs, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Dec 17, 2014 $145,000
Lead Development Operations Engineer Operative Media Inc. New York, NY Feb 24, 2014 $130,000
Lead CMP Development Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Sep 22, 2016 $123,350
Lead Developer/Systems Engineer Swift, Inc. Manassas, VA Nov 04, 2016 $120,600
Group Lead, Development & Engineering ASML Us, Inc. Wilton, CT Oct 01, 2010 $117,500
Lead Development Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Jun 10, 2016 $116,792
Lead Engineer, Research and Development James R Glidewell Dental Ceramics Fort Lauderdale, FL Apr 02, 2009 $115,000
Staff HW Development Engineer (Lead Engr, SYS Plat Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jan 31, 2013 $114,546 -
$174,400
Staff HW Development Engineer (Lead Engr, SYS Plat Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jan 04, 2013 $114,546 -
$174,400
Lead Developer/Systems Engineer S.W.I.F.T., Inc. Manassas, VA Nov 25, 2010 $112,013
Lead Development Operations Engineer The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 17, 2012 $110,000 -
$151,000
Lead Search Engine Developer Blueally, LLC Washington, DC Aug 24, 2015 $108,430 -
$116,480
Lead Engineer I, Game Development Bally Gaming, Inc. D/B/A Bally Technologies Chicago, IL Jul 15, 2015 $106,000 -
$116,000
Lead Development Engineer OSP Group Management Services, L.P. New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $106,000 -
$126,000
Development Engineer Lead Sequent Software, Inc. Redwood City, CA Mar 16, 2012 $105,955 -
$150,000
Development Lead, Business Intelligence Engineering KONY, Inc. Orlando, FL Apr 26, 2016 $105,000 -
$140,000
Development Engineer (Tech Lead ENG) Coremetrics, Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 11, 2010 $104,800 -
$127,393
Lead Engineer Scientist, R&D UOP, LLC Des Plaines, IL Aug 28, 2011 $101,400
Lead Engineer I, Game Development Bally Gaming, Inc. D/B/A Bally Technologies Chicago, IL Jul 15, 2015 $90,000 -
$100,000
Development Engineer/Lead Engineer Workover Tools Ashmin, LC Conroe, TX Sep 30, 2016 $90,000
Development Engineer/Lead Engineer Workover Tools Ashmin, LC Conroe, TX Oct 01, 2013 $87,350
Lead Development Engineer Centrak, Inc. Newtown, PA Jan 09, 2016 $83,000
Lead Development Operations Engineer The Prudential Insurance Company of America Newark, NJ Sep 26, 2016 $81,500 -
$183,200
Lead Technical Development Engineer Erp Analysts, Inc. Washington, DC Dec 11, 2014 $71,614
Lead Development Engineer Mentor Graphics Corporation Wilsonville, OR Jan 03, 2011 $71,000 -
$76,500
Pre-Sales Lead Development Engineer Mentor Graphics Corporation Wilsonville, OR Aug 26, 2016 $70,886 -
$88,100

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Top Skills for A Lead Development Engineer

  1. Data Warehouse
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Engineering Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led a small team in the creation of a Data Warehouse database using a proprietary ETL system.
  • Involved in implementing business logic with oracle-stored procedures, functions and triggers using PL/SQL.
  • Manage X-Ray Engineering Development Lab for day-to-day operations.
  • Utilize project management and technical skills to execute Product Supply and Procurement initiatives.
  • Developed html5 based android application.

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Top 10 Best States for Lead Development Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Virginia
  5. Texas
  6. New York
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Colorado
  9. North Carolina
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Lead Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.4%

Female

11.4%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

55.1%

Asian

18.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

18.2%

French

18.2%

Urdu

18.2%

Bosnian

9.1%

Japanese

9.1%

Carrier

9.1%

Hindi

9.1%

Arabic

9.1%
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Lead Development Engineer Education

Schools

University of Washington

7.1%

University of Phoenix

7.1%

Arizona State University

5.7%

Wayne State University

5.7%

Iowa State University

5.7%

Stanford University

5.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.7%

Purdue University

5.7%

University of Florida

4.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.3%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Drexel University

4.3%

University of Central Florida

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.3%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.3%

George Washington University

4.3%

More Tech Institute

4.3%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

17.4%

Computer Science

16.7%

Business

13.2%

Electrical Engineering

12.5%

Computer Engineering

8.0%

Engineering

3.5%

Information Technology

3.1%

Physics

3.1%

Management

2.4%

Computer Applications

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Chemical Engineering

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Biomedical Engineering

1.7%

Aerospace Engineering

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

42.7%

Bachelors

37.2%

Other

9.2%

Doctorate

4.2%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

0.8%
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