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 $125,543.
MEDIAN $125,543
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$97k - $157k
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$600 - $18k
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$99k - $170k

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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 Microsoft Corp, Dell, Inc. and Citrix Systems Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Microsoft Corp where the average pay is $172,777. Dell, Inc. pays the lowest at around $125,401.

Career Paths

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Principal Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
Software Architect
Software Engineering Manager
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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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

A mid-career Principal Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $114,307 based on 53 salaries. An experienced Principal Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $126,220 based on 275 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $132,652.
Employees with Principal Software Engineer in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 16.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (5.2% more) and Austin, Texas (0.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (8.4% less), St. Louis, Missouri (6.5% less) and San Diego, California (5.9% less).

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