The average salary for an Experienced Principal Software Architect is $138,283.
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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…Read more
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
C# Programming Language
Skills in Java, .NET, C# Programming Language and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Software Architecture.
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. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $146,332.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Principal Software Architect in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 25.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (19.3% more) and Seattle, Washington (7.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (13.2% less).
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