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Working As A Senior Software Engineer Lead

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

  • $133,703

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Engineer Lead 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 Software Engineer Lead

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 Software Engineer Lead Career Paths

Senior Software Engineer Lead
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer/Architect Senior Software Architect
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Project Manager Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Information Technology Manager Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Architect And Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Consulting Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Consulting Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Development Director Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer/Architect Chief Technology Officer Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Lead Technician 3.3 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.5%
Developer 2.4%
Programmer 2.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.0%

Senior Software Engineer Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

74.0%

Female

20.6%

Unknown

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

54.6%

Asian

34.1%

Hispanic or Latino

5.9%

Unknown

4.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Japanese

27.3%

Spanish

27.3%

Russian

18.2%

Chinese

9.1%

Mandarin

9.1%

Carrier

9.1%
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Senior Software Engineer Lead Education

Schools

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

8.0%

San Jose State University

6.8%

Boston University

6.8%

Northeastern University

6.8%

More Tech Institute

6.8%

New York University

5.7%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

George Washington University

5.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.7%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.5%

National University

4.5%

Drexel University

4.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

Syracuse University

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.4%

University of California - San Diego

3.4%

Indiana Institute of Technology

3.4%

Villanova University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

36.7%

Computer Engineering

12.3%

Electrical Engineering

8.4%

Business

7.7%

Information Technology

5.0%

Computer Applications

4.2%

Engineering

3.3%

Mathematics

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Project Management

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Information Systems

1.5%

Management

1.3%

Marketing

1.0%

Computer Programming

1.0%

Information Sciences

0.8%

Physics

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

42.9%

Bachelors

40.1%

Other

8.8%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

3.1%

Associate

1.1%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Senior Software Engineer Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Software Engineer (Technical Lead) Mercari, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 09, 2016 $212,451
SR. Software Engineer (Lead IOS Engineer) Dow Games, Inc. Los Altos, CA Apr 19, 2016 $200,000
SR. Software Engineer (Microsoft CRM Lead) SKG Consulting, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $187,830
Senior Software Engineering Lead Microsoft Corporation Palo Alto, CA Apr 19, 2016 $175,200
Senior Leader, Software Engineering Mastercard International Incorporated New York, NY Dec 15, 2014 $175,000
SR PD Engr-Sw Devlpmt (Lead Systems Consultant) MCI Communications Services San Jose, CA Dec 17, 2016 $171,671
Senior Software ENG Lead Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 07, 2016 $170,230
Senior Software Engineer Lead Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2016 $170,000
Senior Software Engineering Lead Microsoft Corporation Palo Alto, CA Jul 22, 2016 $169,200
Senior Software Engineer/Product Lead Mixbit, Inc. San Mateo, CA Dec 15, 2015 $167,500
Senior Software Engineer Lead-Applications and Services Engr or Other Microsoft Corporation Palo Alto, CA Jan 15, 2016 $167,453 -
$187,453
Senior Software Engineer Lead Microsoft Corporation Palo Alto, CA Jun 23, 2016 $165,600 -
$185,600
Senior Software Engineer Lead Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 15, 2015 $151,344
Senior Software Engineering Lead Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 01, 2015 $151,081
Senior Software Engineer Lead Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Feb 19, 2015 $150,675
Senior Software Engineer Lead Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 21, 2016 $150,100
Senior Software Engineer (Technical Lead) Tubemogul Inc. Emeryville, CA Aug 19, 2016 $150,000
Senior Software Engineering Lead Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Apr 20, 2016 $147,045
SR. Software DEV Engineer In Test, Lead-Apps & Services ENG GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 03, 2014 $145,891 -
$165,891
Senior Software Engineering Lead Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Apr 23, 2016 $145,887
Senior Software Engineer, Lead Developer Research Affiliates, LLC Newport Beach, CA Feb 15, 2016 $125,000
Senior Software Engineer (Lead Engineer) Fry, Inc. Westmont, IL Feb 19, 2014 $124,590
Senior Software Engineer (Lead Engineer) Fry, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 19, 2014 $124,590
Senior Software Engineer/Lead Solution Architect IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2013 $124,408
Senior Software Engineer Lead Yellowpages.Com LLC Glendale, CA Aug 22, 2016 $120,453
Senior Software Engineer Lead Yellowpages.Com LLC Glendale, CA Oct 14, 2016 $120,453
Senior Software Engineer Lead Yellowpages.Com LLC Glendale, CA Oct 19, 2016 $120,453

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Engineer Lead

WebApplicationPl/SqlDatabaseWindowsXPArchitectureXMLWebServicesAPIC/C++C#.NETUserInterfacePlatformASPSQLServerTestCasesSoftwareDevelopmentTestScriptsHtmlUnixQA

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Top Senior Software Engineer Lead Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Played an active role in the full life cycle of web application development.
  • Designed databases for Oracle 8i/9i and wrote PL/SQL code for enforcing business rules regarding data integrity, including sequences and triggers.
  • Documented and maintained database system specifications, diagrams, and connectivity charts.
  • Worked with and led teams of software developers working on large scale distributed architecture applications using DCE and J2EE.
  • Implemented parser for reading potentially invalid XML content.

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