Average Experienced Principal Software Architect Salary

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The average salary for an Experienced Principal Software Architect is $138,283.
MEDIAN $138,283
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$109k - $178k
$5k - $22k
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$2k - $20k
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$112k - $187k

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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 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.
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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