In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $125K, close to a third of overall earnings for Software Architects arrives through commissions. Overall cash earnings for Software Architects stretch from $87K on the lower end to $175K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $24K from bonuses and $22K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and experience level. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$85,041 - $158,280
$85K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $119,892
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50%
90%

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$35.75 - $120.38
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MEDIAN: $73.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$85,041 - $158,280  
   
Bonus
$1,951 - $24,436  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $21,532  
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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$86,738 - $175,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,635
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$35.75 - $120.38  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $101.37  
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
$1,951 - $24,436  
   
Commission
$40,000  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $21,532  
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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$86,738 - $175,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92

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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 position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $148K per year. Software Architects most frequently become Senior Software Architects and Applications Software Architects even though median compensation is $3K lower and $16K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Architect


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Software Architects include Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Cerner Corporation, General Electric (GE) Healthcare, and Wipro Technologies Ltd. Oracle Corp. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $173K. Soaring salaries can also be found at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Intel Corporation, and Amazon.com Inc, where earnings of $170K, $169K, or $143K are standard for Software Architects.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Cerner Corporation, and General Electric (GE) Healthcare also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $101K, $108K, and $111K.

Popular Skills for Software Architect


Survey results imply that Software Architects deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in C++ Programming Language, C++, Java, and Java/J2EE are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ASP.NET, C#, and HTML. The majority of those who know .NET also know Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Architect

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


Software Architects generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Inexperienced workers earn around $96K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $113K. Software Architects with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $128K. Software Architects who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $145K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $125,301

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With a pay rate for Software Architects that is 47 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 Francisco (+21 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and New York (+14 percent). In Kansas City, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Milwaukee and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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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 196 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Software Architect Salaries



National Average
$125,000



Skills That Affect Software Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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