Average Principal Software Engineer Salary in Canada

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The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer in Canada is C$110,558.
MEDIAN C$110,558
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C$86k - C$128k
C$2k - C$15k
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C$0 - C$4k
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C$92k - C$135k

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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.

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Career Paths

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Principal Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
Software Development Manager
Software Architect
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Principal Software Engineer

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

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 C$105,013 based on 21 salaries. An experienced Principal Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$111,704 based on 71 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$118,360.
Employees with Principal Software Engineer in their job title in Ottawa, Ontario earn an average of 5.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Vancouver, British Columbia (2.6% more) and Toronto, Ontario (1.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Montréal, Québec (5.2% less), Waterloo, Ontario (2.2% less) and Calgary, Alberta (1.0% less).

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