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Software Architect, Operating Systems Salary

Software Architect, Operating Systemss in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $125K) surpassing six figures annually. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$75,051 - $152,676
MEDIAN: $124,545

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$75,051 - $152,676  
$625 - $45,000  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$76,121 - $160,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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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.

For many Software Architect, Operating Systemss, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $87K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $110K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Software Architect, Operating Systemss make $129K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $147K.

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Job Satisfaction

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


8 %
92 %

Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%