A substantial slice of final earnings for Software Architects (roughly a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $125K. Cash earnings for Software Architects — including $24K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $87K to $174K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Software Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance.

$85,739 - $156,845
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$86K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $119,266
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$36.06 - $119.39
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$36
$72
$120
MEDIAN: $72.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$85,739 - $156,845  
   
Bonus
$1,954 - $24,462  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $20,134  
Commission
$40,000  
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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$87,197 - $174,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,632
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$36.06 - $119.39  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $102.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,954 - $24,462  
   
Commission
$40,000  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $20,134  
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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$87,197 - $174,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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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For Software Architects who go on to become Chief Technology Officers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Chief Technology Officer earns $148K annually. Software Architects most often move into Senior Software Architect or Applications Software Architect roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $15K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Architect


Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Cerner Corporation, and General Electric (GE) Healthcare are all popular places to work. For Software Architects, comfortable salaries can be found at Oracle Corp.; in fact, median earnings sit around $173K, the highest in the area. Software Architects can also look forward to large paychecks at Intel Corporation ($170K), Amazon.com Inc ($143K), and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($132K).

Workers at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Cerner Corporation, and General Electric (GE) Healthcare also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $101K, $108K, and $111K respectively.

Popular Skills for Software Architect


Software Architects seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in C++ Programming Language, C++, Java, and Java/J2EE are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, ASP.NET Framework, and HTML. Most people skilled in .NET are similarly competent in Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Architect

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


Software Architects do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $97K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $112K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $128K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $145K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $124,840

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With a pay rate for Software Architects that is 48 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 Santa Clara (+26 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Kansas City, 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Chicago and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Software Architect Salaries



National Average
$125,000



Skills That Affect Software Architect Salaries


C++
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Java
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Software Architecture
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Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
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$125,000

C# Programming Language
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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