Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Principal Software Engineer make?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

Experience

$168,732 / yrTotal Pay
$146,326 / yrBase Pay
$22,406 / yrAdditional Pay

$168,732

 / yr
$103K$327K
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The estimated total pay for a Principal Software Engineer is $168,732 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $146,326 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $22,406 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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What are some related job titles for Principal Software Engineer?

Some related job titles are Senior Software Development Engineer Salaries with median pay of $135,137, Software Developer Salaries with median pay of $105,848, Engineering Manager Salaries with median pay of $148,278, Lead Software Engineer Salaries with median pay of $148,829.

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Oracle
3.9

Oracle

Principal Software Engineer

$158,194

 /yr
Range: $26K - $259K

$26K

$259K

$26,156 - $258,767 Range

EMC
3.7

EMC

Principal Software Engineer

$152,882

 /yr
Range: $106K - $206K

$106K

$206K

$106,003 - $206,037 Range

Fidelity Investments
4.3

Fidelity Investments

Principal Software Engineer

$126,215

 /yr
Range: $100K - $169K

$100K

$169K

$99,509 - $169,021 Range

Informatica
4.2

Informatica

Principal Software Engineer

$164,142

 /yr
Range: $136K - $204K

$136K

$204K

$135,570 - $203,580 Range

NortonLifeLock
3.9

NortonLifeLock

Principal Software Engineer

$159,523

 /yr
Range: $121K - $206K

$121K

$206K

$121,306 - $205,712 Range

Microsoft
4.4

Microsoft

Principal Software Engineer

$209,890

 /yr
Range: $109K - $367K

$109K

$367K

$109,312 - $367,314 Range

Dell Technologies
4.3

Dell Technologies

Principal Software Engineer

$146,647

 /yr
Range: $9K - $235K

$9K

$235K

$9,158 - $234,777 Range

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Northrop Grumman
4.0

Northrop Grumman

Principal Software Engineer

$124,386

 /yr
Range: $88K - $299K

$88K

$299K

$88,319 - $298,730 Range

Qualcomm
4.1

Qualcomm

Principal Software Engineer

$223,088

 /yr
Range: $154K - $301K

$154K

$301K

$154,463 - $300,547 Range

Yahoo
4.0

Yahoo

Principal Software Engineer

$199,573

 /yr
Range: $159K - $257K

$159K

$257K

$158,968 - $256,619 Range

Broadcom
3.5

Broadcom

Principal Software Engineer

$165,721

 /yr
Range: $119K - $207K

$119K

$207K

$118,589 - $206,786 Range

Raytheon Technologies
3.8

Raytheon Technologies

Principal Software Engineer

$153,021

 /yr
Range: $117K - $196K

$117K

$196K

$116,967 - $196,361 Range

Manhattan Associates
4.1

Manhattan Associates

Principal Software Engineer

$118,197

 /yr
Range: $101K - $142K

$101K

$142K

$100,609 - $141,579 Range

Cadence Design Systems
4.4

Cadence Design Systems

Principal Software Engineer

$171,731

 /yr
Range: $117K - $206K

$117K

$206K

$116,993 - $206,050 Range

CA Technologies
3.9

CA Technologies

Principal Software Engineer

$153,338

 /yr
Range: $102K - $200K

$102K

$200K

$102,105 - $199,802 Range

Red Hat
4.4

Red Hat

Principal Software Engineer

$164,817

 /yr
Range: $129K - $221K

$129K

$221K

$129,154 - $220,562 Range

Salesforce
4.5

Salesforce

Principal Software Engineer

$236,192

 /yr
Range: $137K - $313K

$137K

$313K

$137,002 - $313,121 Range

Intuit
4.6

Intuit

Principal Software Engineer

$231,109

 /yr
Range: $168K - $253K

$168K

$253K

$168,044 - $252,811 Range

Zynga
4.4

Zynga

Principal Software Engineer

$174,671

 /yr
Range: $133K - $216K

$133K

$216K

$132,716 - $216,231 Range

AOL
3.6

AOL

Principal Software Engineer

$168,305

 /yr
Range: $128K - $214K

$128K

$214K

$128,055 - $213,824 Range

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8 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$145,500

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$25,000/yr

8 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with 10 to 14 years of experience

$200,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$30,000/yr

8 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$177,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

9 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

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$158,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

9 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience

$140,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

9 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with 7 to 9 years of experience

$165,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$30,000/yr

9 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with 7 to 9 years of experience

$258,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

9 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$180,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$32,000/yr
Stock Bonus$30,000/yr

9 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$180,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

9 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with 10 to 14 years of experience

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Frequently asked questions about a Principal Software Engineer salaries

The national average salary for a Principal Software Engineer is $156,483 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Principal Software Engineer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 11070 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Principal Software Engineer employees.

The highest salary for a Principal Software Engineer in United States is $206,725 per year.

The lowest salary for a Principal Software Engineer in United States is $118,451 per year.

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