Software Architect Salary

Apple Computer, Inc lures Software Architects with larger-than-average paychecks: Software Architects at this company make a median salary of $189K, much more than the $120K annually-national average for those in this area of work. Other leaders in compensation levels are Oracle Corp. at $173K, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $170K, and Intel Corporation, where Software Architects annually earn $169K. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$84,560 - $158,206
$85K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $120,053
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50%
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$35.75 - $119.21
$36
$74
$120
MEDIAN: $74.03
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$84,560 - $158,206  
   
Bonus
$1,964 - $23,945  
Profit Sharing
$1,028 - $20,347  
Commission
$25,000  
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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$86,955 - $174,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,548
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$35.75 - $119.21  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $100.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,964 - $23,945  
   
Commission
$25,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,028 - $20,347  
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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$86,955 - $174,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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. Software Architects most frequently advance into Senior Software Architect and Applications Software Architect roles even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $16K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Architect


Software Architects seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, C#, and HTML. The majority of those who know .NET also know 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: $125,259

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For those looking to make money, Software Architects in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Software Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), and New York (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Kansas City, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Houston and 3 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Software Architect

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 189 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Software Architect Salaries

▲16%

▲2%

National Average
$125,000

▼11%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Software Architect Salaries

▲5%

C++
▲5%


▲3%



National Average
$125,000

▼2%


▼3%


SQL
▼5%


▼5%

C#
▼6%

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 189 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 9%