Software Architect Salary

The three top-paying cities for Software Architects in the United States — San Jose, San Diego, and San Francisco — are all in California. Total cash earnings of Software Architects range from $82K on the low end to $164K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $21K and $17K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Software Architects is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$80,108 - $147,189
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$80K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $112,409
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$34.41 - $101.34
(Median)
$34
$72
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MEDIAN: $71.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$80,108 - $147,189  
   
Bonus
$980 - $21,327  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $16,988  
Commission
$500 - $35,000  
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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$81,986 - $163,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$34.41 - $101.34  
   
Overtime
$1.21 - $82.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$980 - $21,327  
   
Commission
$500 - $35,000  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $16,988  
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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$81,986 - $163,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148

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Job Description for Software Architect

Software architects are information technology professionals who play a major role in designing software. The software architect is one of the primary sources of ideas in designing software. Software architects must understand computer programming languages, which consist of a system of letters, numbers, and code and require specialized training to read.

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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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Software Architects who transition into a Chief Technology Officer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $145K per year. The most common promotion for Software Architects is Senior Software Architect, a position that typically pays $121K annually. Another standard transition for Software Architects seeking advancement is to assume an Applications Software Architect role, where pay is often $108K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Architect


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Software Architects include Hewlett-Packard Company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Oracle Corp., Intel Corporation, and General Electric (GE) Healthcare. Salary cannot be beat at Intel Corporation, where median pay comes to $156K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $109K, and the higher end is not far away at $180K. Other leaders in compensation levels are International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $132K, Hewlett-Packard Company at $130K, and Oracle Corp., where Software Architects annually earn $130K.

General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Oracle, and Oracle Corp. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $111K, $125K, and $130K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Software Architect


Software Architects report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C, C++, Software Architecture, and Java/J2EE are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like ASP.NET, SQL, and HTML. Those proficient in .NET are, more often than not, also skilled in Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Architect

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. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $87K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $105K. Software Architects bring in $124K after working for 10 to 20 years. Software Architects who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $135K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose, San Diego, and San Francisco — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Software Architects, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. The lowest-paying market is Kansas City, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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Experience Affects Software Architect Salaries



National Average
$119,000



Skills That Affect Software Architect Salaries

C
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C++
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Linux
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UNIX
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Java
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Oracle
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National Average
$119,000

JavaScript
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C#
up arrow 4%

Microsoft SQL Server
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 510 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
58%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%