Software Architect, Operating Systems Salary

On average, Software Architect, Operating Systemss in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($122K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$75,498 - $151,674
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MEDIAN: $121,837
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$75,498 - $151,674  
   
Bonus
$1,237 - $43,631  
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
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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.

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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $87K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $100K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $127K. Software Architect, Operating Systemss who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $147K.

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Experience Affects Software Architect, Operating Systems Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$128,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

Entry-Level
up arrow 32%

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

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