Software Architect, Operating Systems Salary

Salaries for Software Architect, Operating Systemss in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($124K) per year. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$79,490 - $152,496
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$79K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $124,048
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$79,490 - $152,496  
   
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$1,454 - $44,850  
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$76,821 - $159,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $87K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $99K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $129K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $147K.

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Experience Affects Software Architect, Operating Systems Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
0%

National Average
$129,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 23%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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