How much does a Software Architect make? The median annual Software Architect salary is $126,442, as of August 29, 2016, with a range usually between $114,437-$140,348, however this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors. Our team of Certified Compensation Professionals has analyzed survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at companies of all sizes and industries to present this range of annual salaries for people with the job title Software Architect in the United States.
This chart describes the expected percentage of people who perform the job of Software Architect in the United States that make less than that annual salary. For example the median expected annual pay for a typical Software Architect in the United States is $126,442, so 50% of the people who perform the job of Software Architect in the United States are expected to make less than $126,442.
This chart describes the expected percentage of people who perform the job of Software Architect that make less than that salary. For example 50% of the people who perform the job of Software Architect are expected to make less than the median.
Source: HR Reported data as of September 2016
Responsible for initial design and development of new software or extensive software revisions; products may be for use internally or for resale. Defines product requirements and creates high-level architectural specifications, ensuring feasibility, functionality, and integration with existing systems/platforms. Requires a bachelor's degree and may be expected to have an advanced degree in area of specialty and at least 7 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. May provide consultation on complex projects and is considered to be the top level contributor/specialist. May guide a team of developers through the project to completion. Typically reports to a head of a unit/department or top management. View full job description