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Looking for work as a lead DevOps engineer? There's good news. While there's opportunity around the country for both lead DevOps engineer and lead software roles, salaries for DevOps are still running away with a substantial premium.
New York is a great example. A lead DevOps engineer can make between $137,000 and $180,000, according to April 2018 job data from Glassdoor. The average salary of a lead DevOps engineer based in the Big Apple is $141,452. A lead software developer, on the other hand, would be looking at salaries ranging from $93,000 to $167,000, with an average base pay of $114,646.
Jobs in Denver offer another contrast. A lead DevOps engineer could expect salary to range from $124,000 to $163,000. The average base DevOps pay in Denver is $128,137. For a lead software developer, that paycheck, while still healthy, suffers in comparison. A lead dev position has a salary range of $79,000 to $145,000, with an average compensation packet of $98,963.
Tierney Cyren, a developer advocate at NodeSource, travels the country talking to software engineers in all kinds of companies. The difficulties in finding and hiring developers are a regular topic of conversation. His takeaway: It will be years before the gap between demand and supply closes.
So whether it's a lead DevOps engineer or an entry-level development position, the future looks bright and very stable for developers today.