A Senior Software Architect earns an average salary of $115,434 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. A skill in Java/J2EE is associated with high pay for this job.
Senior Software Architect Total Pay (?
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$86,366 - $147,103
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Senior Software Architect Total Pay (?
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$47.76 - $113.83
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MEDIAN: $74.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$86,366 - $147,103  
   
Bonus
$1,137 - $23,887  
Profit Sharing
$1,955 - $14,945  
Commission
$2,000 - $27,500  
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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$89,727 - $163,792  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,656
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$47.76 - $113.83  
   
Overtime
$41.75 - $99.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,137 - $23,887  
   
Commission
$2,000 - $27,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,955 - $14,945  
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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$89,727 - $163,792  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,656
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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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Experience Affects Senior Software Architect Salaries

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$123,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Software Architect Salaries

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C++
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$123,000
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Gender
Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
61%
20 years or more
25%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%
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