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DevOps Engineer
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Lead Software Engineer salary in Chicago

Average Base Salary in Chicago

Additional Cash Compensation
Total Compensation
Median: $143K
Min: $115K
Max: $161K

How Much Does a Lead Software Engineer Make in Chicago?

The average salary for a Lead Software Engineer in Chicago is $142,750. The average additional cash compensation for a Lead Software Engineer in Chicago is $19,800. The average total compensation for a Lead Software Engineer in Chicago is $162,550. Lead Software Engineer salaries are based on responses gathered by Built In Chicago from anonymous Lead Software Engineer employees in Chicago.

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Lead Software Engineer jobs in Chicago

Technical Lead Software Engineer

5 days ago
The technical lead will be responsible for providing technical leadership and delivery throughout the entire software development lifecycle including design, development, testing and deployment. This position will be required to lead both onshore and offshore development teams and thus experience of working with delivery teams across different geographies will be essential in the success of this role.

Senior Lead Software Engineer

3 weeks ago
Senior Lead Software Engineers serve both as technical individual contributors and people managers. You will be optimizing your own code, as well as making sure that your reports are able to optimize theirs. You are an end-to-end owner. You will participate actively in all aspects of product strategy – from designing, building, and delivering products for our clients. We have dozens of individual, mission-focused teams working across a wide spectrum of technological challenges. You will have the opportunity, depending on your interests and aptitude, to lead engineers that focus on building large-scale distributed systems coordinating thousands of servers in cloud and physical data centers around the world, petabyte-scale data challenges, machine learning, advanced visualizations, and interactive user interfaces – to name a few. Senior Lead Software Engineers contribute to more than our product – they build up our team. Through a combination of mentoring, technical leadership, and direct management of local teams, you will make others better and raise the bar for those around you.

Lead Systems Software Engineer

North Suburbs
1 month ago
Works on more complex, less clearly defined projects under limited supervision. Applies a full understanding of established systems software development principles and best practices to analyze complex issues. Updates or modifies working methods in own role/work area without the benefit of defined procedures. The job is a specialized area of software engineering/programming focused on software that operates/controls computer hardware and provides a platform for running end-user applications, which may include operating systems, device drivers, utilities, and software, development tools such as assemblers and compilers. Develops and/or modifies systems software for internal use, conducts requirements gathering and analysis, writes code using lower-level assembly languages and/or higher-level languages, and translates/compiles into machine language for use on specific hardware. Supports software testing, deployment, and maintenance activities by correcting programming errors and coding software enhancements.

Lead Software Engineer, Front End

1 week ago
The Lead Software Engineer is responsible for building world-class software solutions over a wide variety of challenging and interesting use cases. The ideal candidate is passionate about technology, loves contributing in a team environment and is driven to produce only the highest quality software solutions.


1 month ago
Responsibilities of the incumbents are across functional lines with individuals assigned in new program development and/or maintenance of existing mobile, WEB, Cloud, server, personal computer, mainframe, and/or distributed computing systems.

Lead Software Engineer, Full Stack/Back End

5 days ago
Work with a team of outstanding developers to implement and continuously improve enterprise software solutions that are high-performance and that their users love. Assist the IT leadership team in planning for and acting on requirements for constant growth and expansion of Kalderos’ technology environment. Quickly gain expertise with Kalderos’ existing environment and business models and provide input on how to continually enhance both. Adhere to and promote exacting software development and quality standards. Continually educate yourself and extend both the depth and breadth of your technical and interpersonal skillsets.

Lead Software Engineer - Review - 20-0052

1 week ago
We are Relativity. A market-leading, global tech company that equips legal professionals with a powerful platform to organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. The U.S. Department of Justice, 198 of top 200 U.S. law firms, and more than 70 Fortune 100 companies are among our customers who trust Relativity during litigation, internal investigations, and compliance projects.   Our SaaS product, RelativityOne, has become the fastest-growing

Lead Software Engineer - Imaging 19-0116

1 week ago
The Lead Software Engineer develops software and leads a team to apply software engineering best practices to deliver high quality, maintainable, reusable, reliable, performant, and scalable software. You will serve as a technical liaison between your team and other internal and external development teams to identify and resolve dependencies, to identify, improve, and apply software engineering best practices and processes, and to identify and mitigate risks to the on-time delivery of software.

Software Engineering Team Lead - Ruby on Rails

4 months ago
Our Ruby on Rails Developers sit on our Platform engineering team to build and maintain the core set of systems that power the LevelUp ecosystem, an online ordering interface and network of dozens of mobile payments apps (maybe even the ones you use to order lunch) and point-of-sale integrations. We are a team of smart, highly motivated engineers that place a high value on writing well crafted, thoroughly tested, and maintainable code. We’re growing extremely fast and are taking on the exciting challenges of keeping up with new product development while scaling our services to support higher volume and more clients.

Lead Software Engineer

1 week ago
Technically design and implement our consumer-facing web applications. Build new API endpoints and integrate with existing internal and external APIs. Create, maintain, and monitor technical performance of the web applications. Collaborate closely with Marketing and Product Management on project requirements, scope, and continually improve the delivery process. Perform code reviews and lead others on the team as needed. Work with QA Engineers to deliver new functionality in a timely manner. Write automated unit and integration tests, measure and maintain complete code coverage.

Lead Software Engineer

2 weeks ago
As a Lead Software Engineer, you will own specific initiatives and be responsible for planning, designing, developing, and coordinating across teams to implement. In this role, you will work across the company in your engineering team vertical to build efficient and scalable systems.

Lead Software Development Engineer in Test

1 week ago
Mentor other team members on testing and automation strategies. Collaborate with Product Management to find and close requirements gaps and create test plans. Work closely with Software Engineers and Frontend Engineers to deliver new functionality. Read and understand code changes to test all areas of the web applications that have changed. Create and maintain feature tests, ensuring complete code coverage. Investigate and resolve complex bugs in unfamiliar code.

Lead Software Engineer Salary ranges

Average Lead Software Engineer Salary by Company Size

People with the job title Lead Software Engineer make the most at companies with 201-500 employees, earning $161,000 on average.

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Average Dev + Engineer salaries in Chicago

Job Title Average Salary Salary Range
QA Analyst $69,983
Min: $42K
Max: $93K
QA Engineer $81,170
Min: $0K
Max: $120K
Junior Software Engineer $85,692
Min: $65K
Max: $112K
Software Test Engineer $90,000
Min: $55K
Max: $120K
Front End Developer $95,958
Min: $55K
Max: $165K
Android Developer $100,000
Min: $65K
Max: $152K
iOS Developer $101,465
Min: $52K
Max: $160K
Automation Engineer $104,316
Min: $65K
Max: $240K
Salesforce Developer $107,300
Min: $66K
Max: $135K
Security Engineer $109,214
Min: $80K
Max: $135K
Software Engineer $109,879
Min: $72K
Max: $165K
Sales Engineer $109,957
Min: $55K
Max: $160K
Hardware Engineer $117,333
Min: $85K
Max: $150K
DevOps Engineer $117,908
Min: $75K
Max: $170K
Game Developer $118,250
Min: $85K
Max: $136K
Data Engineer $121,098
Min: $65K
Max: $165K
QA Manager $121,381
Min: $78K
Max: $170K
Site Reliability Engineer $132,000
Min: $132K
Max: $132K
Senior Software Engineer $134,354
Min: $90K
Max: $185K
Machine Learning Engineer $135,000
Min: $135K
Max: $135K
Data Architect $140,182
Min: $68K
Max: $190K
Lead Software Engineer $142,750
Min: $115K
Max: $161K
Database Administrator $142,800
Min: $130K
Max: $166K
Engineering Manager $145,841
Min: $77K
Max: $206K
Systems Engineer $147,000
Min: $143K
Max: $151K
Principal Software Engineer $153,473
Min: $120K
Max: $225K
Director of Software Engineering $178,135
Min: $140K
Max: $240K
Data Engineering Manager $196,000
Min: $182K
Max: $210K
CTO (Chief Technology Officer) $197,802
Min: $110K
Max: $310K
Vice President of Engineering $208,202
Min: $125K
Max: $500K

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Recent Lead Software Engineer salaries in Chicago

Yearly Salary
A Lead Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $115,000
7+ Years of Experience
51-200 Employees
Yearly Salary
A Lead Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $145,000 with +$29,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
500+ Employees
Yearly Salary
A Lead Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $150,000 with +$27,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
500+ Employees
Yearly Salary
A Lead Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $161,000 with +$3,400 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
201-500 Employees
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