Average Principal Software Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer is $135,393.
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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.

Job Satisfaction for Principal Software Engineer

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Popular Employer Salaries for Principal Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Principal Software Engineer are from the companies Oracle Corp., Oracle and Dell, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Microsoft Corp where the average pay is $172,223. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Comcast Cable, Inc. and Raytheon Co., earning around $143,947 and $134,485, respectively. Oracle Corp. pays the lowest at around $129,235. Dell, Inc. and EMC Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $133,345 and $133,673, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Principal Software Engineer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Software Engineer

An entry-level Principal Software Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $109,927 based on 7 salaries. An early career Principal Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $120,695 based on 95 salaries. A mid-career Principal Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $126,930 based on 626 salaries. An experienced Principal Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $136,486 based on 2,619 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $140,579.
Employees with Principal Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 22.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (17.6% more) and Seattle, Washington (10.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (3.8% less) and Chicago, Illinois (1.8% less).

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