Updated August 18, 2021
Average Lead Engineer Salary
$70,000 yearly
$33.91 hourly

Entry level Salary
$54,000 yearly
$54,000
10 %
$70,000
Median
$91,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$91,000
$7,583
$44
75th Percentile
$81,000
$6,750
$39
Average
$70,536
$5,878
$34
25th Percentile
$61,000
$5,083
$29
10th Percentile
$54,000
$4,500
$26

Average Lead Engineer Salary By State

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Lead Engineer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$74,420
$35.78
Alaska
$67,482
$32.44
Arizona
$77,842
$37.42
Arkansas
$61,675
$29.65
California
$96,347
$46.32
Colorado
$84,488
$40.62
Connecticut
$83,949
$40.36
Delaware
$82,970
$39.89
District of Columbia
$98,283
$47.25
Florida
$68,217
$32.80
Georgia
$74,590
$35.86
Hawaii
$88,082
$42.35
Idaho
$77,229
$37.13
Illinois
$76,702
$36.88
Indiana
$70,055
$33.68
Iowa
$68,646
$33.00
Kansas
$72,527
$34.87
Kentucky
$67,441
$32.42
Louisiana
$75,115
$36.11
Maine
$77,439
$37.23
Maryland
$94,979
$45.66
Massachusetts
$86,427
$41.55
Michigan
$76,018
$36.55
Minnesota
$72,267
$34.74
Mississippi
$75,115
$36.11
Missouri
$71,449
$34.35
Montana
$74,322
$35.73
Nebraska
$67,448
$32.43
Nevada
$77,810
$37.41
New Hampshire
$79,908
$38.42
New Jersey
$78,202
$37.60
New Mexico
$84,380
$40.57
New York
$76,648
$36.85
North Carolina
$72,848
$35.02
North Dakota
$78,401
$37.69
Ohio
$71,185
$34.22
Oklahoma
$70,820
$34.05
Oregon
$76,819
$36.93
Pennsylvania
$75,686
$36.39
Rhode Island
$77,503
$37.26
South Carolina
$72,145
$34.69
South Dakota
$69,005
$33.18
Tennessee
$68,940
$33.14
Texas
$82,190
$39.51
Utah
$95,133
$45.74
Vermont
$74,592
$35.86
Virginia
$82,398
$39.61
Washington
$80,423
$38.66
West Virginia
$73,430
$35.30
Wisconsin
$67,380
$32.39
Wyoming
$67,162
$32.29

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Highest Paying Cities For Lead Engineer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Francisco, CA
$101,126
$48.62
Quincy, MA
$86,620
$41.64
Englewood, CO
$84,508
$40.63
Stamford, CT
$83,698
$40.24
Wilmington, DE
$83,121
$39.96
Austin, TX
$82,584
$39.70

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How much does a Lead Engineer make?

  • The average lead engineer makes $70,536 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a lead engineer is $33.91.
  • The average entry-level lead engineer salary is $54,000.
  • Highest paying states for lead engineer are California ($96,347), Utah ($95,133), Maryland ($96,347) and Hawaii ($96,347).
  • Highest paying cities for lead engineer are San Francisco, CA ($101,126), Quincy, MA, Englewood, CO, Stamford, CT and Wilmington, DE.
  • Lead engineers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $54,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $91,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $81,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $61,000
  • Industries with the highest lead engineer salaries are automotive, manufacturing and technology.

Average Lead Engineer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $70,500
    $33.91
    +1.7%
    2020
    $69,300
    $33.33
    +2.0%
    2019
    $68,000
    $32.68
    +0.7%
    2018
    $67,500
    $32.44
    +0.6%
    2017
    $67,100
    $32.24
    +1.2%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Engineer Lead Quality Assurance Lead

    Avg. salary: $108,471

    Engineer Lead Quality Assurance Leads are responsible for managing the designing and operations of hardware or software testing. Their duties include developing testing plans, implement risk mitigation strategies, communicate process improvements to cross-teams such as marketing and engineering, resolve the conflict between teams, and ensures product or software adheres to the organization and industry standards. They are also involved in reviewing technical design and specification, setting performance targets, and writing progress reports for management updates.
    222,193 Engineer Lead Quality Assurance Lead Jobs
    Principal Software Engineer

    Avg. salary: $126,152

    A Principal Software Engineer is responsible for the technical aspects of an organization's projects. They diagnose, document, and troubleshoot systems to resolve problems identified through testing, as well as implement strategies to improve integration and efficiency.
    278,535 Principal Software Engineer Jobs
    Software Engineer Lead

    Avg. salary: $109,417

    A Software Engineer Lead is focused on developing and testing software programs. They manage a team of software engineers that design enterprise software products and operating systems.
    281,985 Software Engineer Lead Jobs
    Principal Engineer

    Avg. salary: $113,148

    A principal engineer is responsible for monitoring the overall design phase of the construction process, including coordinating with the client for progress and updates, as well as performing adjustments as needed based on clients' specifications and requirements. Principal engineers also inspect the materials and resources used to ensure that the project stays within the budget goals and set timeframe. They should have excellent communication and organizational skills, especially in preparing reports and training new staff.
    248,356 Principal Engineer Jobs
    Staff Engineer

    Avg. salary: $85,130

    Staff engineers are responsible for designing, developing, and inspecting various products, equipment, or structures. These professionals may perform varied duties depending on their specialization that includes overseeing the design and construction of buildings, bridges, sewer systems, and other infrastructure, estimating the financial costs of construction projects, and ensuring compliance with health and safety laws and regulations. Other duties include designing and developing machinery, tools, and engines, solving design problems, and building the manufacturing equipment needed to create their products.
    255,036 Staff Engineer Jobs
    Engineer

    Avg. salary: $78,492

    Engineers are highly trained professionals who determine the feasibility of various projects, usually related to the construction industry. They are considered experts in mathematics and science, two disciplines that they need to use in designing and coming up with plans for projects. They should also be well-versed in different construction or industrial materials, and they ensure that appropriate materials are used for the project. They also ensure that the projects meet the requirements of the groups that hired them. They create spaces that would both address the needs of the end-users and the industry standards. They also ensure that the projects they make would stand the test of time.
    469,965 Engineer Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Engineer Lead Quality Assurance Lead
    $108,472
    $9,039
    $52.15
    222,193
    Principal Software Engineer
    $126,152
    $10,513
    $60.65
    278,535
    Software Engineer Lead
    $109,417
    $9,118
    $52.60
    281,985
    Principal Engineer
    $113,149
    $9,429
    $54.40
    248,356
    Staff Engineer
    $85,131
    $7,094
    $40.93
    255,036
    Engineer
    $78,492
    $6,541
    $37.74
    469,965
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    Lead Engineer Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $55,900
    $26.89
    Mid Level
    $68,300
    $32.83
    Senior Level
    $109,000
    $52.39

    Which Companies Pay Lead Engineers The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a lead engineer, being employed by a company such as BP America or Medallia would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Lenovo and Castlight Health also report highly competitive salaries for lead engineers.
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    Recently Added Lead Engineer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Vmware
    Federal Engineering Delivery Lead (M3)
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    Santa Monica, CA
    08/31/2021
    $188,000
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    Vmware
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    Denver, CO
    08/31/2021
    $188,000
    08/31/2021
    Vmware
    Federal Engineering Delivery Lead (M3)
    Federal Engineering Delivery Lead (M3)
    Washington, DC
    08/31/2021
    $188,000
    08/31/2021
    Inspirato
    Lead, Marketing, SEO, Web and Mobile APP Analytics, and Conversion Optimization
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    08/31/2021
    $65,000
    08/31/2021
    USAA
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    Universal City, TX
    08/30/2021
    $117,600
    08/30/2021
    Live Nation Entertainment Inc.
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    Los Angeles, CA
    08/29/2021
    $163,597
    08/29/2021
    Accenture
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    Irving, TX
    08/28/2021
    $62,100
    08/28/2021
    Nrel
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    $106,400
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    $170,000
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    $67,600
    08/27/2021

    Average Lead Engineer Salary by Demographic

    Lead Engineer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $71,675
    female-income
    Female Income
    $69,699
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$71,675
    Female$69,699
    Median Lead Engineer Income by Race
    White lead engineers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american lead engineers have the lowest average salary at $68,843.
    $75,000
    $60,000
    $45,000
    $30,000
    $15,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$71,222
    Black or African American$68,843
    Asian$70,731
    Hispanic or Latino$70,840
    Average Lead Engineer Salary by Education Level
    Lead engineers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $90,058 annually. With a Masters degree, lead engineers earn a median annual income of $81,108 compared to $71,675 for lead engineers with an Bachelors degree.
    $95,000
    $76,000
    $57,000
    $38,000
    $19,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$81,108
    Bachelor's Degree$71,675
    Doctorate Degree$90,058