Updated August 18, 2021
Average Lead Software Developer Salary
$105,000 yearly
$50.60 hourly

Entry level Salary
$80,000 yearly
$80,000
10 %
$105,000
Median
$137,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$137,000$11,417$66
75th Percentile$120,000$10,000$58
Average$105,248$8,771$51
25th Percentile$91,000$7,583$44
10th Percentile$80,000$6,667$38

Average Lead Software Developer Salary By State

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Lead Software Developer average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$87,543$42.09886
Alaska$82,671$39.75256
Arizona$101,988$49.031,466
Arkansas$84,855$40.80846
California$137,560$66.1313,741
Colorado$103,821$49.911,972
Connecticut$102,863$49.45832
Delaware$90,135$43.33461
District of Columbia$114,633$55.11921
Florida$89,713$43.133,320
Georgia$95,488$45.912,701
Hawaii$81,974$39.41341
Idaho$87,129$41.89669
Illinois$91,635$44.063,133
Indiana$81,326$39.101,555
Iowa$91,712$44.09733
Kansas$85,093$40.91911
Kentucky$83,376$40.08677
Louisiana$83,275$40.04497
Maine$87,121$41.89336
Maryland$103,167$49.602,210
Massachusetts$108,327$52.082,891
Michigan$89,108$42.842,320
Minnesota$90,610$43.561,478
Mississippi$83,002$39.90239
Missouri$83,299$40.051,750
Montana$97,836$47.04428
Nebraska$85,443$41.08646
Nevada$107,122$51.50738
New Hampshire$118,315$56.88655
New Jersey$98,572$47.392,172
New Mexico$100,463$48.30628
New York$111,969$53.833,710
North Carolina$89,309$42.942,432
North Dakota$83,332$40.06252
Ohio$90,122$43.333,430
Oklahoma$83,760$40.27697
Oregon$101,566$48.831,604
Pennsylvania$93,883$45.144,239
Rhode Island$98,800$47.50596
South Carolina$84,046$40.41616
South Dakota$69,285$33.31332
Tennessee$82,304$39.571,622
Texas$104,200$50.105,746
Utah$106,892$51.391,699
Vermont$104,672$50.32290
Virginia$103,387$49.713,890
Washington$121,215$58.284,168
West Virginia$73,315$35.25310
Wisconsin$84,443$40.601,297
Wyoming$66,962$32.19180

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Highest Paying Cities For Lead Software Developer

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
San Mateo, CA$142,919$68.71
Bothell, WA$121,421$58.38
Washington, DC$114,656$55.12
New York, NY$112,240$53.96
Boston, MA$108,455$52.14
San Antonio, TX$105,690$50.81

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How much does a Lead Software Developer make?

The average Lead Software Developer salary is $105,248 per year, or $50.6 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $80,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $137,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Washington, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts provide the highest Lead Software Developer salaries.

Average Lead Software Developer Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$105,000$50.60+1.8%
    2021$103,000$49.71+1.7%
    2020$102,000$48.87+1.8%
    2019$99,800$47.98+2.8%
    2018$97,000$46.64+3.0%

    How Much Do Lead Software Developers Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a Lead Software Developer can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for Lead Software Developers tend to be found in Hospitality, Finance, and Technology companies. In fact, Lead Software Developers can make a yearly salary of $134,088 while working for Hospitality companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Lead Software Developer SalaryLead Software Developer Salary Range
    1Hospitality
    $134,088
    $92k
    $143k
    2Finance
    $119,469
    $92k
    $143k
    3Technology
    $118,067
    $92k
    $143k
    4Professional
    $115,328
    $92k
    $143k
    5Manufacturing
    $107,564
    $92k
    $143k
    6Insurance
    $104,608
    $92k
    $143k

    High Paying Lead Software Developer Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Software Architect

    Avg. salary: $96,101

    A Software Architect develops new programs for a variety of technological devices for businesses, computer games, mobile networks, and/or operating systems. They ensure architectural integrity and consistency across the entire product and work closely with executives to explain the benefits of the software.
    311,313 Software Architect Jobs
    Architect And Developer

    Avg. salary: $103,100

    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.
    331,725 Architect And Developer 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.
    333,013 Software Engineer Lead Jobs
    Web Application Developer

    Avg. salary: $79,093

    A web application developer is responsible for designing website and system applications following clients' specifications and business' needs. Web application developers utilize their expertise in programming languages and system codes, ensuring the efficiency and smooth navigation of the website. They also run multiple diagnostic tests on the output before release, identifying inconsistencies, and addressing incompatibilities on browsers and devices. A web application developer should be detail-oriented and highly-technical as this job requires excellent digital knowledge to manage complex systems.
    232,033 Web Application Developer Jobs
    NET Developer

    Avg. salary: $80,196

    A NET developer specializes in crafting and producing various software and information systems through extensive computer and information technology knowledge. A NET developer's responsibilities range from designing and developing applications, generating codes and building a secure database, implementing regulations, and providing continuous support and maintenance. A NET developer must also have an active line of communication and coordination as there are instances when one's work revolves in a team setting or meets particular demands or specifications from a client.
    184,834 NET Developer Jobs
    Developer

    Avg. salary: $84,737

    Developers are usually system or application developers in a company who work on specific projects related to networks or applications from conception to implementation. They attend planning sessions to ensure that the program is feasible. They are responsible for designing the system through coding and basic user interface design. They also work on troubleshooting any challenges that may be met at the testing stage of the program's development. They solve challenges and ensure that minimal problems will arise upon publishing the system or application. They also manage the evaluation to ensure that the program's goals are accomplished and that the end-users are satisfied with the results.
    298,585 Developer Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Software Architect$96,102$8,008$46.20311,313
    Architect And Developer$103,101$8,592$49.57331,725
    Software Engineer Lead$109,417$9,118$52.60333,013
    Web Application Developer$79,094$6,591$38.03232,033
    NET Developer$80,197$6,683$38.56184,834
    Developer$84,737$7,061$40.74298,585
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    Lead Software Developer Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a Lead Software 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.
    Experience LevelAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
    Entry Level$66,400$31.91
    Mid Level$93,200$44.81
    Senior Level$166,000$79.98

    Which Companies Pay Lead Software Developers The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a Lead Software Developer, being employed by a company such as Bloomberg or Microsoft would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Oracle and Adobe also report highly competitive salaries for Lead Software Developers.
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    Recently Added Lead Software Developer Salaries

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Open Door LegalLead Software DeveloperSan Francisco, CA12/28/2021$82,500
    Pure StorageLead Full Stack Software Developer (Remote)Lehi, UT12/28/2021$126,000
    Pure StorageLead Full Stack Software Developer (Remote)Mountain View, CA12/28/2021$126,000
    Intel Corp.Developer Software Devops LeadSanta Clara, CA12/27/2021$176,050
    SalesforceLead Software Engineer-Internal Tools DeveloperSan Francisco, CA12/25/2021$121,800
    PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.Software Developer Lead (Java/API)Enon, OH12/24/2021$55,000
    SalesforceLead Software Engineer-Internal Tools DeveloperIndianapolis, IN12/22/2021$121,800
    Salesforce.com, Inc.Lead Software Engineer-Internal Tools DeveloperUrban Honolulu, HI12/22/2021$121,800
    Pure StorageLead Full Stack Software Developer (Remote)Lehi, UT12/22/2021$126,000
    Pure StorageLead Full Stack Software Developer (Remote)Mountain View, CA12/22/2021$126,000

    Average Lead Software Developer Salary by Demographic

    Lead Software Developer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $103,057
    female-income
    Female Income
    $96,129
    GenderIncome
    Male$103,057
    Female$96,129
    Median Lead Software Developer Income by Race
    Asian Lead Software Developers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Lead Software Developers have the lowest average salary at $94,697.
    $105,000
    $84,000
    $63,000
    $42,000
    $21,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$99,999
    Black or African American$94,697
    Asian$104,435
    Hispanic or Latino$97,920
    Average Lead Software Developer Salary by Education Level
    Lead Software Developers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $127,778 annually. With a Masters degree, Lead Software Developers earn a median annual income of $111,735 compared to $103,057 for Lead Software Developers with an Bachelors degree.
    $130,000
    $104,000
    $78,000
    $52,000
    $26,000
    $0
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    EducationSalary
    Bachelor's Degree$103,057
    Master's Degree$111,735
    Doctorate Degree$127,778