Principal Software Architect Salary

The average salary for a Principal Software Architect is $136,527 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$103,273 - $173,574
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MEDIAN: $136,526
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$103,273 - $173,574  
   
Bonus
$4,841 - $34,440  
Profit Sharing
$2,250 - $20,000  
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$106,490 - $193,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Principal Software Architect

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Experience Affects Principal Software Architect Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$149,000


Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Principal Software Architect Salaries

C++
up arrow 4%

Java
up arrow 3%

Linux
up arrow 3%

Software Architecture
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National Average
$149,000

Software Development
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.NET
up arrow 7%

C#
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 7%
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