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Software Architect Salary

The market for Software Architects is most competitive in California, where the three top-paying cities can be found: San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego. Total cash incomes of Software Architects run from $82K to $165K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $22K, profit sharing that reaches $18K, and some commissions of nearly $60K. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$80,325 - $148,121
(Median)
$80K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $112,950
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$35.29 - $101.86
(Median)
$35
$73
$100
MEDIAN: $72.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$80,325 - $148,121  
   
Bonus
$974 - $21,506  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $17,510  
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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$82,458 - $164,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,574
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$35.29 - $101.86  
   
Overtime
$1.21 - $82.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$974 - $21,506  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $59,598  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $17,510  
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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$82,458 - $164,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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At the upper end, Software Architects who move into a Chief Technology Officer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Chief Technology Officers is a much higher $146K per year. Becoming a Senior Software Architect is, more often than not, the most common role that Software Architects move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $121K. Another frequent advance is for Software Architects to assume an Applications Software Architect role; in this role, workers often earn $108K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Architect


Hewlett-Packard Company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Intel Corporation, Oracle Corp., and General Electric (GE) Healthcare are top-notch employers for Software Architects in this area. Software Architects seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Intel Corporation, where the median salary comes to $160K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($109K) and those starting out ($204K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Hewlett-Packard Company also offer top salaries for Software Architects. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $134K, $132K, and $130K, respectively.

Employees at General Electric (GE) Healthcare, General Motors Corporation, and Oracle can also expect below-average earnings of $111K, $123K, and $125K.

Popular Skills for Software Architect


Software Architects report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C, C++, Software Architecture, and Java/J2EE 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. It is often found that people who know .NET are 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $88K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $106K. Software Architects who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $124K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $136K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Architects, San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. Software Architects in Kansas City report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Software Architect Salaries



National Average
$119,000



Skills That Affect Software Architect Salaries

C
up arrow 8%

C++
up arrow 7%



Linux
up arrow 4%

UNIX
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Java
up arrow 1%

Oracle
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National Average
$119,000

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

C#
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SQL
up arrow 7%

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 492 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: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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