Software Architect, Operating Systems Salary

Software Architect, Operating Systemss in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $125K per year on average. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$79,058 - $152,676
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$79K
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MEDIAN: $124,563
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$79,058 - $152,676  
   
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$1,600 - $45,000  
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$76,473 - $160,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $97K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $130K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $147K on average.

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Experience Affects Software Architect, Operating Systems Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
0%

National Average
$129,000

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
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%
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