Software Architect, Operating Systems Salary

Software Architect, Operating Systemss receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $125K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$76,000 - $152,317
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$76K
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MEDIAN: $124,545
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$76,000 - $152,317  
   
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$1,163 - $44,850  
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$76,821 - $159,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $87K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $118K. Software Architect, Operating Systemss see a median salary of $129K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $147K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Software Architect, Operating Systems Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
0%

National Average
$130,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%