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Principal Software Engineer Salary (United States)

A Principal Software Engineer earns an average salary of $120,542 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Principal Software Engineer Salary (?
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$93,547 - $148,932
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MEDIAN: $120,542
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Principal Software Engineer Salary (?
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$44.32 - $82.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$93,547 - $148,932  
   
Bonus
$971 - $19,916  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $12,954  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$97,353 - $159,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,569
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$44.32 - $82.35  
   
Overtime
$40.41 - $80.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$971 - $19,916  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $12,954  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$97,353 - $159,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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Job Description for Principal Software Engineer

Principal software engineers are in charge of most of the technical aspects of an organization's projects. You could consider them to be architects of sorts given the vast scope of work they do on a regular basis. Their primary function is being able to scale projects efficiently while maximizing performance and minimizing costs. They can also oversee development teams and coordinate strategies to make sure the technologies are interconnected and product lines are working smoothly. Most of the time, principal software engineers work on making sure standards are being followed when it comes to design, application requirements and proper maintenance. They also evaluate systems and networks to ensure all procedures are running correctly. A high degree of mathematics and engineering knowledge is needed to manage large scale business tasks. Principal software engineers use a computer (or computers) due to the complex data they process when making calculations and modifying strategy plans. The majority of their work is done indoors, with the exception being when they need to modify hardware controls and settings outdoors. As stated earlier, while principal software engineers supervise programmers and designers among other professionals to finish a project on time, they also have to respond to the IT managers in a given organization. It is essential that principal software engineers be proficient at building websites, troubleshooting code and improving the performance of existing programs. They also need to be excellent team players and able to handle stress well in addition to having an extensive knowledge of several programming languages. A bachelor's degree in computer science is usually the minimum educational requirement needed to become a principal software engineer, although a (CSDP) Certified Software Development Professional certification along with hands-on experience in a previous position is generally preferred.
Principal Software Engineer Tasks
  • Conduct new technology research, concept specification and design of individual software components.
  • Participate in product and program collaboration.
  • Develop new product concepts and development, deliver product prototypes.
  • Design, develop, integrate, test and deploy company's software.
  • Execute product specification, system design, development and system integration.

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Pay Difference By Location

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Experience Affects Principal Software Engineer Salaries

National Average
$126,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Principal Software Engineer Salaries

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Software Architecture
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JavaScript
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Java/J2EE
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
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Java
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Web Development
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Software Development
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National Average
$126,000
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C#
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
58%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 3%