Software Architect Salary

For Software Architects, Apple Computer, Inc hands out the highest paychecks — $189K on average — relative to the national average of $121K annually. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Intel Corporation, where Software Architects typically earn around $173K, $170K, or $169K, respectively. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$83,803 - $161,040
$84K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $121,126
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50%
90%

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$39.04 - $117.92
$39
$74
$120
MEDIAN: $74.44
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$0$176K
Salary $83,803 - $161,040
Bonus $1,978 - $24,932
Profit Sharing $1,225 - $22,000
Commission $10,000
Total Pay (?
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$86,416 - $176,992
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,579
Hourly Data $0$117
Hourly Rate $39.04 - $117.92
Overtime $44.04 - $86.81
Annual Data $0$176K
Bonus $1,978 - $24,932
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $1,225 - $22,000
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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$86,416 - $176,992
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 89

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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

  • Design new operating system components.
  • Conceive, experiment with, and present architectural approaches for operating system components.
  • Design new software applications.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Software Architect


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Software Architects who become Chief Technology Officers may see a small rise in pay. On average, Chief Technology Officers earn $148K per year. A lot of Software Architects advance their careers by becoming Senior Software Architects and Applications Software Architects. However, those positions offer $4K less and $17K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Architect

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 seem to negatively impact pay include ASP.NET, C#, and HTML. Most people skilled in .NET are similarly competent in 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: $127,166

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Architects, 18 percent higher than the national average. Software Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and New York (+11 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Kansas City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Houston and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Software Architect Salaries

▲14%

▲1%

National Average
$127,000

▼12%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Software Architect Salaries

▲4%

C++
▲3%



▲1%

National Average
$127,000



▼4%

▼4%

SQL
▼6%



C#
▼7%

▼7%

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 10%
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