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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. With bonuses occasionally running north of $22K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $17K, and a few commissions as high as $60K, total income for Software Architects can range between $83K and $165K according to individual performance. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. The majority of Software Architects claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage.

$80,455 - $148,087
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$80K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,196
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$35.42 - $101.87
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MEDIAN: $73.00
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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
$80,455 - $148,087  
   
Bonus
$973 - $21,716  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $17,446  
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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$82,609 - $165,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,585
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$35.42 - $101.87  
   
Overtime
$1.30 - $81.81  
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
$973 - $21,716  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $59,598  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $17,446  
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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$82,609 - $165,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151

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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. Going from Software Architect to Senior Software Architect is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $121K. Many others choose to work as Applications Software Architects, where pay is typically $108K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Architect


Software Architects fill the offices of leading firms Hewlett-Packard Company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Intel Corporation, Oracle Corp., and General Electric (GE) Healthcare. Although Intel Corporation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $160K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $109K to $204K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Hewlett-Packard Company, where earnings of $134K, $132K, or $130K are standard for Software Architects.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at General Electric (GE) Healthcare ($111K), General Motors Corporation ($123K), and Oracle ($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. 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.


For many Software Architects, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $88K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $106K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $124K. 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 $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. Kansas City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent.

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Experience Affects Software Architect Salaries



National Average
$119,000



Skills That Affect Software Architect Salaries

C
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C++
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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
$119,000

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 489 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
20%
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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