Software Architect, Operating Systems Salary

Average pay for an Operating Systems Software Architect in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $122K per year. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Software Architect, Operating Systemss is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$75,498 - $151,674
MEDIAN: $121,837

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$74,412 - $157,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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.


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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Software Architect, Operating Systemss. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $87K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $100K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $127K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $147K.

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%