Principal Software Architect Salary

A Principal Software Architect earns an average salary of $134,244 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$107,444 - $172,470
$110K
$130K
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MEDIAN: $132,734
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Salary $107,444 - $172,470
Bonus $4,949 - $21,731
Profit Sharing $8,549
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$112,683 - $182,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 81

Job Description for Principal Software Architect

If computers are the big brains that make the modern world think, then software is the thought process of these big brains, and software comes in as many forms and applications as one can imagine. Virtually every industry relies on computer software, from toys to food and medicine and the armed forces. Software architects are those who create the software needed for all these computer systems to function, and the principal software architect is the person in charge of entire software development teams.

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Principal Software Architect Tasks

  • Drive technology innovation and research; lead technology strategy through market analyses, and share emerging technology trends with team.
  • Confer with users, sponsors and stakeholders to identify their vision and needs; design a software or group of software that meet client's needs.
  • Provide practical solutions to problems that arise during the engineering and architectural processes.
  • Identify product requirements and limitations to ensure system function.

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Popular Skills for Principal Software Architect

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Software Architect

Pay by Experience for a Principal Software Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Principal Software Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $147,000 based on 9 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Principal Software Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $136,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Principal Software Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $148,000 based on 99 salaries. A Principal Software Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $156,000 based on 36 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $144,646

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Key Stats for Principal Software Architect

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
35%

Experience Affects Principal Software Architect Salaries

▲8%

▲2%

Entry-Level
▲1%

National Average
$145,000

Mid-Career
▼6%

Skills That Affect Principal Software Architect Salaries

C++
▲7%

Apache Hadoop
▲7%

Java/J2EE
▲7%

▲6%

▲5%


Software Development
▲3%

Software Architecture
▲2%

National Average
$145,000

▼1%

C#
▼2%

Microsoft SQL Server
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 7%