Salaries for Software Architect, Operating Systemss in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($128K) per year. The vast majority of Software Architect, Operating Systemss (89 percent) survey respondents are men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$72,414 - $152,666
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MEDIAN: $128,205
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$72,414 - $152,666  
   
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$68,859 - $154,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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Job Description for Software Architect, Operating Systems

Software architects of operating systems play a key role on design teams in software development, particularly in the conceptual stages. These architects map out the various functions of an operating system and how they integrate with one another and also develop sketches of all elements of the overall design or upgrade of an operating system, from elements of the user interface to means of file storage and recall. They work largely in the abstract by attempting to create operating systems which combine all of the various elements into a pleasing whole.

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Software Architect, Operating Systems Tasks

  • Conceive, experiment with, and present architectural approaches for operating system components.
  • Design new operating system components.
  • Ensure architectural integrity and consistency across the entire product.

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Pay by Experience Level for Software Architect, Operating Systems

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Software Architect, Operating Systemss, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $87K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $100K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $133K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $147K on average.

Key Stats for Software Architect, Operating Systems

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
63%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Software Architect, Operating Systems Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$135,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 26%

Entry-Level
up arrow 36%

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
63%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

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