How much does a Principal Software Engineer make?

Updated Jan 21, 2022

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$156,483 /yr
Average Base Pay

11,070 salaries

$118K

Low

$156K

Average

$207K

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How much does a Principal Software Engineer make? The national average salary for a Principal Software Engineer is $156,483 in United States. Filter by location to see Principal Software Engineer salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 11,070 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Principal Software Engineer employees.

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What is the salary trajectory for a Principal Software Engineer?

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What are some related job titles for a Principal Software Engineer?

Senior Software Development Engineer

$151,841

per year

Software Developer

$97,763

per year

Engineering Manager

$152,824

per year

Lead Software Engineer

$133,761

per year

Recent User Submitted Salaries for Principal Software Engineer in United States of America

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$160,000

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

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

$160,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$50,000/yr
Stock Bonus$400/yr

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

$230,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

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

$200,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$30,000/yr
Stock Bonus$40,000/yr

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

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$175,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$20,000/yr

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

$138,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$33,400/yr

8 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with 1 to 3 years of experience

$164,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$13,000/yr

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

$145,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$20,000/yr

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

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Oracle
3.8

Oracle

Principal Software Engineer

$155,969

 /yr
Range: $26K - $252K

$26K

$252K

$25,517 - $252,446 Range

EMC
3.7

EMC

Principal Software Engineer

$149,161

 /yr
Range: $103K - $201K

$103K

$201K

$103,461 - $200,981 Range

Fidelity Investments
4.2

Fidelity Investments

Principal Software Engineer

$122,963

 /yr
Range: $97K - $165K

$97K

$165K

$97,078 - $164,893 Range

Informatica
4.3

Informatica

Principal Software Engineer

$160,133

 /yr
Range: $132K - $199K

$132K

$199K

$132,259 - $198,607 Range

NortonLifeLock
3.8

NortonLifeLock

Principal Software Engineer

$155,476

 /yr
Range: $118K - $201K

$118K

$201K

$118,343 - $200,687 Range

Microsoft
4.4

Microsoft

Principal Software Engineer

$207,518

 /yr
Range: $107K - $350K

$107K

$350K

$106,641 - $350,234 Range

Dell Technologies
4.2

Dell Technologies

Principal Software Engineer

$143,941

 /yr
Range: $5K - $231K

$5K

$231K

$5,411 - $230,534 Range

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Qualcomm
4.1

Qualcomm

Principal Software Engineer

$217,639

 /yr
Range: $151K - $293K

$151K

$293K

$150,514 - $293,205 Range

Northrop Grumman
4

Northrop Grumman

Principal Software Engineer

$121,348

 /yr
Range: $92K - $191K

$92K

$191K

$91,891 - $191,451 Range

Yahoo
4

Yahoo

Principal Software Engineer

$193,084

 /yr
Range: $155K - $250K

$155K

$250K

$155,084 - $250,351 Range

Broadcom
3.4

Broadcom

Principal Software Engineer

$161,872

 /yr
Range: $116K - $202K

$116K

$202K

$115,692 - $201,735 Range

Manhattan Associates
4

Manhattan Associates

Principal Software Engineer

$115,310

 /yr
Range: $98K - $138K

$98K

$138K

$98,152 - $138,121 Range

Raytheon Technologies
3.8

Raytheon Technologies

Principal Software Engineer

$152,426

 /yr
Range: $114K - $192K

$114K

$192K

$114,110 - $191,565 Range

Cadence Design Systems
4.4

Cadence Design Systems

Principal Software Engineer

$167,536

 /yr
Range: $124K - $201K

$124K

$201K

$124,208 - $201,017 Range

CA Technologies
4

CA Technologies

Principal Software Engineer

$149,592

 /yr
Range: $100K - $195K

$100K

$195K

$99,611 - $194,921 Range

Red Hat
4.4

Red Hat

Principal Software Engineer

$160,024

 /yr
Range: $126K - $215K

$126K

$215K

$125,999 - $215,175 Range

Salesforce
4.4

Salesforce

Principal Software Engineer

$229,871

 /yr
Range: $134K - $305K

$134K

$305K

$133,655 - $305,472 Range

Intuit
4.5

Intuit

Principal Software Engineer

$225,463

 /yr
Range: $164K - $247K

$164K

$247K

$163,939 - $246,635 Range

AOL
4.2

AOL

Principal Software Engineer

$164,194

 /yr
Range: $125K - $209K

$125K

$209K

$124,927 - $208,600 Range

Zynga
4.4

Zynga

Principal Software Engineer

$170,404

 /yr
Range: $129K - $211K

$129K

$211K

$129,474 - $210,949 Range

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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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