A Principal Software Architect earns an average salary of $137,990 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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$104,680 - $183,024
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$104,680 - $183,024  
   
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$2,959 - $34,348  
Profit Sharing
$1,957 - $20,426  
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$109,434 - $204,622  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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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Experience Affects Principal Software Architect Salaries

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Skills That Affect Principal Software Architect Salaries

C++
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$152,000
Software Architecture
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Gender
Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
36%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%
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