Software Architect, Operating Systems Salary

Salaries for Software Architect, Operating Systemss in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($122K) per year. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Architect, Operating Systemss. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$74,592 - $152,992
MEDIAN: $121,640

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$74,592 - $152,992  
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$73,735 - $162,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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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Software Architect, Operating Systemss who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Software Architect, Operating Systemss in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $87K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $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 $126K. Software Architect, Operating Systemss who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $152K.

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%