A Senior Principal Architect earns an average salary of $142,937 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Network Architecture / Design and Software Architecture.

$87,421 - $183,608
MEDIAN: $142,936

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78

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Job Description for Senior Principal Architect

A senior principal architect is normally a managing partner or senior executive within an architecture or design firm. He or she normally serves as an executive manager, helping to guide the business by determining the scope and type of design work the firm will do. This person also will typically act as something of a project overseer, supervising project managers and helping to guide them to efficient and original solutions. The senior principal architect is also usually the person who decides on jobs to bid and may work with his or her own costing departments to help firm up the parameters of such bids in order to make them as competitive as possible.


Senior Principal Architect Tasks

  • Design, develop and maintain data and/or software architecture for multiple needs.
  • Participate in strategic planning and architecture expansion.
  • Troubleshoot and work with users for training and problem identification and resolution.
  • Automate processes, document quality and maintenance steps and support business objectives.

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Skills That Affect Senior Principal Architect Salaries

Network Architecture / Design
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Software Architecture
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National Average

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Project Management
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Years of Experience

1-4 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 8%