Software Architect, Operating Systemss enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($129K) annually in the United States. The vast majority (85 percent) of Software Architect, Operating Systemss who answered the questionnaire are male. For the most part, Software Architect, Operating Systemss enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$73,407 - $153,212
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$73K
$130K
$150K
MEDIAN: $128,612
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$73,407 - $153,212  
   
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$66,952 - $160,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $87K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $100K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $133K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $150K.

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Experience Affects Software Architect, Operating Systems Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$133,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
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