Average Principal Software Engineer with Distributed Systems Skills Salary

$152,750
Avg. Salary
$22,599
Bonus
$5,000
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The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer with Distributed Systems skills is $152,750.
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$131k
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$188k
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MEDIAN $152,750
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Salary
$131k - $188k
Bonus
$6k - $59k
Profit Sharing
$0 - $5k
Total Pay
$133k - $222k

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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.

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Popular Skills for Principal Software Engineer

Skills that pay less than market rate include Linux, C++ Programming Language, Java, Software Architecture and Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Software Engineer

A mid-career Principal Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $150,095 based on 12 salaries. An experienced Principal Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $163,873 based on 15 salaries.

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Years of Experience

This data is based on 27 survey responses.
Mid Career
44.4%
Experienced
55.6%