How much does a Principal Software Development Engineer make?

Updated Nov 27, 2021

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Experience

$187,782 /yr
Average Base Pay

695 salaries

$148K

Low

$188K

Average

$238K

High

No additional cash compensation has been reported for this role

The national average salary for Principal Software Development Engineer is $187,782 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Principal Software Development Engineer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 695 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Principal Software Development Engineer employees.

Seniority Levels

L5
Principal Software Engineer$156,483 /yr
L6
Phd Software Engineer$117,019 /yr
Career Path

Related Job Titles

Principal Software Engineer

$156,483

per year

Senior Software Engineer

$131,206

per year

Lead Software Development Engineer

$134,278

per year

Principal Engineer

$148,758

per year

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Microsoft
4.4

Microsoft

Principal Software Development Engineer

$207,175

 /yr
Range: $5K - $287K
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$5K

$287K

$5,068 - $286,709 Range

Workday
4.2

Workday

Principal Software Development Engineer

$219,557

 /yr
Range: $180K - $235K

$180K

$235K

$179,543 - $235,481 Range

Amazon
3.7

Amazon

Principal Software Development Engineer

$172,214

 /yr
Range: $160K - $207K

$160K

$207K

$160,000 - $207,026 Range

Fortinet
4.3

Fortinet

Principal Software Development Engineer

$177,329

 /yr
Range: $100K - $205K

$100K

$205K

$99,617 - $205,099 Range

Oracle
3.8

Oracle

Principal Software Development Engineer

$156,016

 /yr
Range: $115K - $174K

$115K

$174K

$115,391 - $173,956 Range

Broadcom
3.4

Broadcom

Principal Software Development Engineer

$166,180

 /yr
Range: $157K - $194K

$157K

$194K

$156,540 - $193,625 Range

Yahoo
4

Yahoo

Principal Software Development Engineer

$193,192

 /yr
Range: $168K - $229K

$168K

$229K

$168,204 - $228,842 Range

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Dell Technologies
4.2

Dell Technologies

Principal Software Development Engineer

$155,591

 /yr
Range: $110K - $195K

$110K

$195K

$110,245 - $194,538 Range

Mastercard
4.2

Mastercard

Principal Software Development Engineer

$176,488

 /yr
Range: $165K - $212K

$165K

$212K

$164,876 - $211,786 Range

Expedia Group
4.1

Expedia Group

Principal Software Development Engineer

$195,180

 /yr
Range: $183K - $255K

$183K

$255K

$182,768 - $254,959 Range

PTC
4

PTC

Principal Software Development Engineer

$124,460

 /yr
Range: $105K - $165K

$105K

$165K

$105,276 - $165,000 Range

Verizon
3.9

Verizon

Principal Software Development Engineer

$157,651

 /yr
Range: $120K - $212K

$120K

$212K

$119,623 - $211,645 Range

Citrix
4.1

Citrix

Principal Software Development Engineer

$180,432

 /yr
Range: $162K - $186K

$162K

$186K

$161,627 - $185,592 Range

SonicWall
4.3

SonicWall

Principal Software Development Engineer

$195,090

 /yr
Range: $152K - $226K

$152K

$226K

$151,559 - $225,838 Range

Invensys
3.4

Invensys

Principal Software Development Engineer

$134,011

 /yr
Range: $113K - $137K

$113K

$137K

$113,212 - $136,910 Range

Zillow
4.2

Zillow

Principal Software Development Engineer

$197,482

 /yr
Range: $190K - $206K

$190K

$206K

$189,675 - $206,110 Range

Fidelity Investments
4.2

Fidelity Investments

Principal Software Development Engineer

$129,387

 /yr
Range: $117K - $183K

$117K

$183K

$117,364 - $183,195 Range

MITRE
3.7

MITRE

Principal Software Development Engineer

$165,416

 /yr
Range: $153K - $189K

$153K

$189K

$152,585 - $188,755 Range

TiVo
3.7

TiVo

Principal Software Development Engineer

$173,365

 /yr
Range: $154K - $177K

$154K

$177K

$153,564 - $176,530 Range

Salesforce
4.4

Salesforce

Principal Software Development Engineer

$247,469

 /yr
Range: $213K - $254K

$213K

$254K

$213,413 - $253,503 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Principal Software Development Engineer salaries

The national average salary for a Principal Software Development Engineer is $187,782 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Principal Software Development Engineer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 695 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Principal Software Development Engineer employees.

The highest salary for a Principal Software Development Engineer in United States is $237,919 per year.

The lowest salary for a Principal Software Development Engineer in United States is $148,211 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Principal Software Development Engineer or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Principal Software Development Engineer.

Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent principal software development engineer salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$182,000
per year
A Principal Software Engineer in the San Jose, CA Area area reported making $182,000 per year
Additional Pay
$36k cash bonus
$100k stock bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
San Jose, CA Area area
Full-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public
$180,000
per year
A Principal Software Engineer in the Seattle, WA Area area reported making $180,000 per year
Additional Pay
$6k cash bonus
$25k stock bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Seattle, WA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$179,501
per year
A Principal Software Engineer in the Boston, MA Area area reported making $179,501 per year
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
Boston, MA Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public
$200,000
per year
A Principal Software Engineer in the San Jose, CA Area area reported making $200,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
San Jose, CA Area area
Full-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public
$90
hourly
A Principal Software Engineer in the Phoenix, AZ Area area reported making $90 per hour
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Phoenix, AZ Area area
Contract
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$155,000
per year
A Principal Software Engineer in the Boston, MA Area area reported making $155,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Boston, MA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Private
$160,000
per year
A Principal Software Engineer in the Boston, MA Area area reported making $160,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Boston, MA Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public
$152,000
per year
A Principal Software Engineer in the Providence, RI Area area reported making $152,000 per year
Additional Pay
$15k cash bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Providence, RI Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$180,000
per year
A Principal Software Engineer in the Champaign, IL Area area reported making $180,000 per year
Additional Pay
$30k cash bonus
$50k stock bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Champaign, IL Area area
Full-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public
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