Average Late-Career Principal Software Architect Salary

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The average salary for a Late-Career Principal Software Architect is $146,332.
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$114k - $184k
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$6k - $12k
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$120k - $200k

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Job Description for Principal Software Architect

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

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

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Software Architect

A mid-career Principal Software Architect with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $127,363 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Principal Software Architect with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $138,283 based on 116 salaries.

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Years of Experience

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