Principal Architect Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Principal Architect is $121,186 per year. A skill in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is associated with high pay for this job. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Principal Architect Total Pay (?
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$75,367 - $160,810
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MEDIAN: $121,185
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National Salary Data

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$75,367 - $160,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $36,449  
Profit Sharing
$2,336 - $24,832  
Total Pay (?
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$78,821 - $191,943  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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Job Description for Principal Architect

Principal architects are the subject matter experts for information technology projects, helping guide these projects to completion. They must be able to handle multiple projects, be innovative, and be able to communicate effectively across multiple departments in different degrees of technical detail. When dealing with software, they code new projects, maintain existing ones, and ensure information technology policies are adhered to. They serve as a team leader and are the main point of contact for many major architectural issues. For subordinates, principal architects provide guidance, support, and discipline as needed.
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Principal Architect Tasks
  • Delegate work and provide oversight of group work plans.
  • Manage an architectural team of junior and senior architects as well as administrative personnel.
  • Responsible for all architectural design aspects of large or complex projects.
  • Ensure project deliverables are met on time and on budget.

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Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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San Francisco
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New York
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Dallas
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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National Average
$135,000
Boston
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Denver
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Seattle
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Experience Affects Principal Architect Salaries

National Average
$135,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Principal Architect Salaries

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
up arrow 18%
Storage Area Networking (SAN)
up arrow 9%
Java
up arrow 8%
Software Architecture
up arrow 5%
National Average
$135,000
Design
up arrow 2%
Project Management
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
0%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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