Average Principal Software Engineer with C Programming Language Skills Salary

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The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer with C Programming Language skills is $133,696.
MEDIAN $133,696
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$110k - $189k

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Principal Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Principal Software Engineer are from the companies Oracle Corp., Dell, Inc. and EMC Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Comcast Cable, Inc. where the average pay is $150,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Oracle and Dell, Inc., earning around $140,841 and $140,442, respectively. Microchip Technology, Inc pays the lowest at around $101,500. Harris Corporation and EMC Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $120,540 and $134,405, respectively.

Career Paths

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Principal Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
Software Architect
Software Engineering Manager
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Popular Skills for Principal Software Engineer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Software Engineer

An early career Principal Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $133,440 based on 5 salaries. A mid-career Principal Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $122,907 based on 54 salaries. An experienced Principal Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $131,920 based on 321 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $140,839.
Employees with Principal Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 29.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Sunnyvale, California (22.9% more) and Santa Clara, California (19.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (7.5% less) and Irvine, California (6.3% less).

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