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Discussion on: What's The Difference Between A Senior And Lead Developer?

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Shon Vella

In my (considerable) experience Sr Developer is usually a title associated with a pay grade, whereas as Lead Developer is usually associated with a position or assignment. Or in other words, this article is trying to compare apples and oranges.

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Daniel Meade

I was made a Lead developer, and while it did bring more responsibility, it didn't bring an upgraded pay grade.

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James Hickey Author

I've had the opposite experience :)

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Shon Vella

Interesting. I've held both lead developer and principal architect roles most of my 30+ year career, and while these were reflected in the org chart, neither was reflected in pay grade (or HR for that matter) in any way.

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James Hickey Author

In my job market senior vs. lead devs are two specific roles I've seen both in organizations I've been with and also reflected in job postings too.

Given how variable our industry is, it's not really surprising that different people in different markets or living in different areas would have a different experience 😜

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Shon Vella

Ah yes, job postings are a different story - those definitely conflate role/position and pay-grade into one thing and that rarely reflects reality.