Software Architect, Operating Systems Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Software Architect, Operating Systemss in the United States, with median pay hovering around $123K per year. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$76,516 - $152,496

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$76,516 - $152,496  
   
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$1,350 - $45,000  
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$75,102 - $159,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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.


For many Software Architect, Operating Systemss, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $87K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $99K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $128K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $150K on average.

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Experience Affects Software Architect, Operating Systems Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$128,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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