Software Architect Salary

For Software Architects, Apple Computer, Inc hands out the highest paychecks — $189K on average — relative to the national average of $121K per year. Software Architects will also find cushy salaries at Oracle Corp. (+$173K), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. (+$170K), and Intel Corporation (+$169K). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$84,424 - $160,251
$84K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $120,880
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50%
90%

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$31.23 - $120.56
$31
$73
$120
MEDIAN: $72.74
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$0$176K
Salary $84,424 - $160,251
Bonus $1,957 - $24,190
Profit Sharing $1,195 - $21,852
Commission $10,000
Total Pay (?
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$86,652 - $176,297
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,566
Hourly Data $0$120
Hourly Rate $31.23 - $120.56
Overtime $17.11 - $99.33
Annual Data $0$176K
Bonus $1,957 - $24,190
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $1,195 - $21,852
Total Pay (?
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).
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$86,652 - $176,297
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 87

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Job Description for Software Architect

Software architects create customized software solutions such as web services, user interfaces, coding programs, and databases, and they are employed primarily by large corporations and agencies which create software for other companies. These architects must always strive to create efficient and satisfactory software solutions for end-users, and they are often responsible for creating standard coding practices and programs for other software designers within their companies.

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Software Architect Tasks

  • Conceive, experiment with, and present architectural approaches for software applications, including web, client, server, and others.
  • Ensure architectural integrity and consistency across the entire product.
  • Design new software applications.
  • Design new operating system components.
  • Conceive, experiment with, and present architectural approaches for operating system components.

Common Career Paths for Software Architect


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As Software Architects make advancements in their career path to positions such as Chief Technology Officer, their salaries may climb. Chief Technology Officers make $148K annually on average. Software Architects most frequently become Senior Software Architects and Applications Software Architects even though median compensation is $4K lower and $17K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Architect


Survey results imply that Software Architects deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, C++ Programming Language, C++, and Java/J2EE are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include ASP.NET, C#, and HTML. Most people familiar with .NET also know Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Architect

Pay by Experience for a Software Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 161 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 460 salaries. An experienced Software Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $128,000 based on 1,068 salaries. A Software Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $145,000 based on 362 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,616

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Software Architects, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Software Architects will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and New York (+11 percent). In Kansas City, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (6 percent lower) and Dallas (4 percent lower).

Software Architect Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Architect?

Software Architect in Phoenix:
Pros: Being part of a company that is truly a world class technology leader.
Cons: Software is a second-class citizen. Silicon design and schedule is always job 1. Management rarely recognizes that tradeoffs in silicon design to pull-in silicon schedule typically push out the software schedule by 5x longer, thus the overall time-to-market is worse.

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Key Stats for Software Architect

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 215 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Software Architect Salaries

▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$127,000

▼12%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Software Architect Salaries

▲4%

C++
▲4%


▲2%



National Average
$127,000

▼3%


▼4%


SQL
▼6%


▼6%

C#
▼7%

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 9%
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