Senior Software Architect Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Senior Software Architect is $117,390 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Senior Software Architect Salary (?
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$87,847 - $149,312
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MEDIAN: $117,389
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Senior Software Architect Salary (?
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$46.92 - $120.34
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$87,847 - $149,312  
   
Bonus
$1,033 - $24,283  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $15,229  
Commission
$13,609 - $25,697  
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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$91,264 - $167,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,225
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$46.92 - $120.34  
   
Overtime
$40.57 - $101.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,033 - $24,283  
   
Commission
$13,609 - $25,697  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $15,229  
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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$91,264 - $167,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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Job Description for Senior Software Architect

The senior software architect is largely responsible for the development of new programs and software for technologically based organizations. This position includes working with a team of individuals to identify the goals of the software, develop a system for implementation, and overseeing the development process. This includes reviewing code that subordinates have written to ensure it is works correctly and researching the most up-to-date techniques in software design. In addition, the senior software architect spends a great deal of time communicating progress on software development to subordinates, clients, project managers, and business analysts; they must be able to discuss implementation in terms and conditions that the individual less familiar with software development can understand.
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Senior Software Architect Tasks
  • Conceive, experiment with, and present architectural approaches for software applications, including web, client, server, and others.
  • Design new software applications.
  • Ensure architectural integrity and consistency across the entire product.

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Pay Difference By Location

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Senior Software Architect Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Senior Software Architect in Chicago:
"Always Be Learning And Helping Others."
Humility and compassion are underrated in this field. Your colleagues will invariably have more exposure to certain technologies than you, so embrace that. Even though you might have the final say in technology choices, it is best to share knowledge and let team members contribute the best they have to offer, or at least explain your choices and give them every opportunity to become as productive as possible with new technologies. A leader describes what to do without needing to control how it is done. It is a sign of insecurity when one programmer feels the need to outshine another. Confident professionals help each other and exchange ideas freely to the betterment of the project at hand. Before knowing, there is always not knowing. It is best to raise everyone's understanding to a consistent level. A team member can only take ownership of a deliverable if he feels his contribution is valued. Take time to communicate and encourage each other.

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Experience Affects Senior Software Architect Salaries

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$125,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Software Architect Salaries

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C++
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Software Architecture
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Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
61%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%