Principal Software Architect Salary (United States)

A Principal Software Architect earns an average salary of $138,911 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Principal Software Architect Total Pay (?
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$105,497 - $182,518
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$105,497 - $182,518  
   
Bonus
$2,500 - $32,500  
Profit Sharing
$3,915 - $20,426  
Total Pay (?
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$110,726 - $202,566  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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Job Description for Principal Software Architect
  • Identify product requirements and limitations to ensure system function.
  • Confer with users, sponsors and stakeholders to identify their vision and needs; design a software or group of software that meet client’s needs.
  • Drive technology innovation and research; lead technology strategy through market analyses, and share emerging technology trends with team.
  • Provide practical solutions to problems that arise during the engineering and architectural processes.

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New York
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Seattle
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National Average
$151,000
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Experience Affects Principal Software Architect Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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$151,000
Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Principal Software Architect Salaries

C++
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Software Architecture
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National Average
$151,000
Software Development
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Gender
Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
39%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%
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