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Working As A Senior/Lead Developer

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

  • $112,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior/Lead Developer 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 Senior/Lead Developer

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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Senior/Lead Developer Career Paths

Senior/Lead Developer
Project Leader Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Project Manager Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Solutions Architect Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer/Architect Senior Software Architect Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Operations Project Manager Business Analyst/Project Manager
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Software Architect Enterprise Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Quality Assurance Manager Test Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Software Architect
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Senior/Lead Developer
Developer 14.7%
Consultant 3.1%
Programmer 2.4%
Top Careers After Senior/Lead Developer
Consultant 4.2%
Developer 3.4%
Architect 2.2%

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Senior/Lead Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.0%

Female

18.4%

Unknown

13.6%
Ethnicity

White

45.1%

Asian

29.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.2%

French

12.1%

German

9.1%

Chinese

6.1%

Danish

6.1%

Norwegian

6.1%

Italian

6.1%

Portuguese

3.0%

Zulu

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Hindi

3.0%

Hebrew

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Hawaiian

3.0%

Bengali

3.0%
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Senior/Lead Developer Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

13.2%

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Maharishi University of Management

7.4%

University of Houston

6.4%

University of Arizona

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.4%

New York University

3.9%

National University

3.9%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.9%

Johns Hopkins University

3.9%

Wayne State University

3.4%

University of Cincinnati

3.4%

University of California - Irvine

3.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.0%

Computer Applications

10.5%

Computer Engineering

9.2%

Electrical Engineering

7.9%

Business

7.3%

Engineering

6.3%

Information Technology

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Management

1.9%

Information Systems

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Finance

1.6%

Mathematics

1.5%

Project Management

1.4%

Chemistry

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Information Sciences

0.9%

Computer Networking

0.9%

Physics

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.2%

Masters

34.8%

Other

8.5%

Doctorate

2.7%

Diploma

2.2%

Associate

1.4%

Certificate

1.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$85,000
Min 10%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
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$112,000
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$147,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Credit Suisse
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Senior/Lead Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior/Lead Developer in the United States is $112,389 per year or $54 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $85,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $147,000.

Real Senior/Lead Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Medical Director, Global Development Team Lead Amgen Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 28, 2015 $295,000
Senior Software Developer/Team Lead Judge Technical Services Inc. Warren, NJ Jun 06, 2015 $220,179
Senior Software Developer/Team Lead Judge Technical Services Inc. Warren, NJ Jun 06, 2016 $219,135
Senior Software Developer/Team Lead Judge Technical Staffing, Inc. Warren, NJ Jun 06, 2012 $198,265
SR. Lead Drupal Developer Ekuber Ventures Inc. Vienna, VA Jan 01, 2016 $171,134
Senior SAP Abap Development Team Lead Consultants Exchange Management Services Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 15, 2012 $166,960
Senior Lead Development Specialist HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 18, 2014 $165,000
Lead Senior Backend Developer Eyeview, Inc. New York, NY May 12, 2016 $160,000
Senior Lead Development Specialist HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY May 10, 2012 $158,875
Senior Lead Development Specialist HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY May 25, 2012 $158,875
Senior Developer Team Lead for Equity Derivatives UBS AG Stamford, CT Apr 04, 2011 $155,459 -
$200,000
Senior GUI Developer Team Lead Robin Systems, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jan 29, 2016 $155,000
Lead Senior Backend Developer Eyeview New York, NY Feb 22, 2016 $155,000
Lead Senior Backend Developer Eyeview, Inc. New York, NY Apr 15, 2016 $155,000
Senior Lead Developer Insurance Services Office, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 17, 2016 $126,422
Senior Developer-Technical Lead Acumen Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Apr 18, 2016 $125,000
Senior Lead Development Specialist HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $122,400
Senior Lead Development Engineer Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Houston, TX Aug 30, 2016 $120,000
Senior Dotnet Lead Developer R3 Technology Inc. Irving, TX Jun 27, 2016 $120,000
Senior Peoplesoft Developer Team Lead AHS Information Services Altamonte Springs, FL Apr 20, 2015 $118,000
SR. Java Web Developer, Team Lead Forrester Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 19, 2016 $115,000
Senior Associate-Onshore Development Team Lead Accenture LLP Chicago, IL Jul 16, 2015 $115,000
Senior Developer/Technical Lead Dominion Digital, Inc. Glen Allen, VA Jan 05, 2016 $104,125
Senior Lead Developer NCS Pearson, Inc. Iowa City, IA Feb 10, 2016 $103,681
Senior Team Lead, Computer Science Development Group The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA May 25, 2015 $103,482
Senior Systems Developer/Associate Team Lead Healthstream.Inc. Nashville, TN Jan 06, 2016 $103,391
Technical Lead/Senior Developer Harbourvest Partners LLC Boston, MA Dec 19, 2011 $102,586 -
$116,417
SR. Developer/Project Lead Insurance Services Office, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 09, 2011 $102,000 -
$105,000
Senior Lead Technical Developer Travelport, LP Englewood, CO Aug 24, 2015 $101,754
Senior Enterprise Developer/Integrator and Team Leader Intelligent Energy Solutions LLC Dunwoody, GA Feb 13, 2015 $101,500 -
$131,800

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Top Skills for A Senior/Lead Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
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  • Participated in community meetings and government meetings to establish a development directive for a city web application.
  • Developed PL/SQL packages to calculate information regarding the Eligibility in the process of Medical/Health application.
  • Developed various PL/SQL reports for Alignment Data warehouse data testing and verification.
  • Developed custom attributes for Model validations and labels in user interface.
  • Create components to retrieve user bank account data from external host via XML web service.

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