Software Architect Salary

The Golden State offers the largest salaries to Software Architects; the three top-paying cities in the field are San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego. In the world of Software Architects, total cash compensation ranges from $83K on the lower end to $165K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $22K and profit sharing that approaches $17K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $60K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Software Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$80,662 - $148,286
(Median)
$81K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,467
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$35.29 - $102.05
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$35
$74
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MEDIAN: $73.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$80,662 - $148,286  
   
Bonus
$970 - $21,804  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $17,412  
Commission
$0.00 - $59,598  
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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$82,835 - $165,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$35.29 - $102.05  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $84.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$970 - $21,804  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $59,598  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $17,412  
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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$82,835 - $165,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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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Software Architects who go on to become Chief Technology Officers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Chief Technology Officers is $146K annually. More often than not, a Senior Software Architect role is the next step for Software Architects moving up in the field. Senior Software Architects usually make $121K per year. Many other Software Architects choose to take on an Applications Software Architect role, where salaries are typically $108K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Architect


Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Oracle Corp., and General Electric (GE) Healthcare are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Software Architects. Software Architects seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Intel Corporation, where the median salary comes to $159K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($109K) and those starting out ($201K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Also paying near the top of the field are Oracle Corp. at $138K, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $132K, and Hewlett-Packard Company, where Software Architects annually earn $129K.

General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Siemens and General Motors Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $111K, $121K, and $123K.

Popular Skills for Software Architect


Software Architects report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C, C++, Java/J2EE, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Software Architects. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $89K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $106K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $125K in this role. Software Architects with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $136K.

Pay Difference by Location


California cities San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego are lucrative areas for Software Architects, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Kansas City.

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Experience Affects Software Architect Salaries



National Average
$120,000



Skills That Affect Software Architect Salaries

C++
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C
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Software Architecture
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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
$120,000

JavaScript
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C#
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Microsoft SQL Server
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 470 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: 68% employee benefits None: 7%
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