Average Principal Software Engineer Salary in Australia

AU$127,189
Avg. Salary
AU$11,000
Bonus
AU$34,903
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The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer in Australia is AU$127,189.
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AU$99k
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AU$127k
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AU$160k
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MEDIAN AU$127,189
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Salary
AU$99k - AU$160k
Bonus
AU$5k - AU$25k
Profit Sharing
AU$0 - AU$35k
Total Pay
AU$100k - AU$172k

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Job Description for Principal Software Engineer

Principal Software Engineer Tasks
  • Design, develop, integrate, test and deploy company's software.
  • Execute product specification, system design, development and system integration.
  • Develop new product concepts and development, deliver product prototypes.
  • Conduct new technology research, concept specification and design of individual software components.
  • Participate in product and program collaboration.

Career Paths

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Principal Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
Enterprise Architect, IT
Software Architect
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Principal Software Engineer

Skills in Software Development, Software Architecture, Java and C++ Programming Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include .NET.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Software Engineer

A mid-career Principal Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$124,930 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Principal Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$125,689 based on 52 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$130,315.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with Principal Software Engineer in their job title in Sydney, New South Wales earn an average of 4.7% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Brisbane, Queensland (4.6% less) and Melbourne, Victoria (0.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 95 survey responses.
Mid Career
18.9%
Experienced
54.7%
Late Career
26.3%