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Software Architect Salary

Wages for Software Architects in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($117K) per year. In the world of Software Architects, overall income ranges from $81K near the bottom to $162K at the top; this can include more than $21K from bonuses and more than $17K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$79,069 - $145,825  
   
Bonus
$978 - $20,822  
Profit Sharing
$998 - $17,222  
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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$80,962 - $161,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,492
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Hourly Rate
$32.72 - $100.43  
   
Overtime
$1.21 - $82.03  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$978 - $20,822  
   
Commission
$500 - $35,000  
Profit Sharing
$998 - $17,222  
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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$80,962 - $161,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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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For Software Architects, career progression to a Chief Technology Officer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Chief Technology Officer, an upper-level role, can earn $145K annually. A Senior Software Architect role is the most common promotion for Software Architects moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $121K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Software Architects is an Applications Software Architect position, where earnings are usually $108K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Architect


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Software Architects include Hewlett-Packard Company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Oracle Corp., General Electric (GE) Healthcare, and Intel Corporation. Those at Intel Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $152K. Software Architects will also find cushy salaries at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. (+$134K), Hewlett-Packard Company (+$131K), and Oracle Corp. (+$130K).

Employees at General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Oracle, and Oracle Corp. can also expect below-average earnings of $111K, $125K, and $130K.

Popular Skills for Software Architect


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in C, C++, Software Architecture, and Java/J2EE are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include ASP.NET, SQL, and .NET. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Software Architects. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $86K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $104K. On average, Software Architects make $123K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $134K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Software Architects that is 36 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Software Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+21 percent), Boston (+18 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), and New York (+7 percent). 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
$117,000



Skills That Affect Software Architect Salaries

C
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Linux
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Java
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JavaScript
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Oracle
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UNIX
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National Average
$117,000

C#
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 537 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
58%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%