Lead Software Developer Career Path

Are you thinking of becoming a Lead Software Developer or already started your career and planning the next step? Learn how to become a Lead Software Developer, what skills you need to succeed, how to advance your career and get promoted, and what levels of pay to expect at each step on your career path. Explore new Lead Software Developer job openings and options for career transitions into related roles.

Seniority Levels

L4

Lead Software Developer

Alias: Software Developer IV, Staff Software Developer...(4)
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5 - 7Years of Experience
$101,537 /yrAvg. Annual Salary
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L5

Principal Software Developer

Alias: Senior Team Lead Software Developer, Software Developer V...(3)
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8+Years of Experience
$123,727 /yrAvg. Annual Salary
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L6

Senior Principal Software Developer

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8+Years of Experience
$80,024 /yrAvg. Annual Salary
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Salary Trajectory

Lead Software Developer Career Path

$180K
$153K
$125K
$98K
$70K
L4
L6
L8
L10
Seniority Levels
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