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Principal Software Architect Salary (United States)

A Principal Software Architect earns an average salary of $136,722 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Principal Software Architect Salary (?
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$103,458 - $175,306
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$103,458 - $175,306  
   
Bonus
$1,989 - $31,217  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $20,000  
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$106,040 - $195,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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Job Description for Principal Software Architect

If computers are the big brains that make the modern world think, then software is the thought process of these big brains, and software comes in as many forms and applications as one can imagine. Virtually every industry relies on computer software, from toys to food and medicine and the armed forces. Software architects are those who create the software needed for all these computer systems to function, and the principal software architect is the person in charge of entire software development teams.
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Principal Software Architect Tasks
  • 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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$149,000
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Experience Affects Principal Software Architect Salaries

Late-Career
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$149,000
Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Principal Software Architect Salaries

C++
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Linux
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Software Architecture
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$149,000
Software Development
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.NET
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%