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Lead Engineer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$71,000
$58,000
$71,000
$87,000
Lead engineers in the United States make an average salary of $71,508 per year or $34.38 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $58,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $87,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, Maryland, Delaware, California, and Virginia provide the highest lead engineer salaries.
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Map of Lead Engineer Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Lead Engineer Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Hawaii, Maryland and Delaware, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for lead engineers. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Kansas, Kentucky, and Iowa.

City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$105,145
$105k
Wilmington, DE
Wilmington, DE
$98,634
$99k
Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA
$93,871
$94k
Quincy, MA
Quincy, MA
$91,126
$91k
Jersey City, NJ
Jersey City, NJ
$89,483
$89k
Stamford, CT
Stamford, CT
$89,030
$89k
Houston, TX
Houston, TX
$88,604
$89k
Englewood, CO
Englewood, CO
$88,070
$88k
Greenville, SC
Greenville, SC
$86,335
$86k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$85,999
$86k

High Paying Lead Engineer Jobs

Average Lead Engineer Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a lead engineer, being employed by a company such as DoubleVerify or DraftKings would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Microsoft and CyberCoders also report highly competitive salaries for lead engineers.

Company
Average Salary
$143,825
$144k
$141,016
$141k
$138,825
$139k
$137,566
$138k
$136,788
$137k
$135,815
$136k
$135,497
$135k

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    Average Lead Engineer Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, lead engineer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that manufacturing, automotive, and technology companies tend to offer much higher salaries for lead engineers. For example, lead engineers make a whopping average salary of $77,779 while working for manufacturing companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $71,838 at automotive companies and $68,562 at technology companies. But lead engineers may want to avoid working in the utilities industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $64,065.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $77,779
    $78k
    Automotive
    Automotive
    $71,838
    $72k
    Technology
    Technology
    $68,562
    $69k
    Utilities
    Utilities
    $64,065
    $64k

    Lead Engineer Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a lead engineer 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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