How much does a Software Architect make?

Updated Sep 25, 2023

Experience

Industry

$212,616 / yrTotal Pay
$151,027 / yrBase Pay
$61,589 / yrAdditional Pay

$212,616

 / yr
$135K$343K
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The estimated total pay for a Software Architect is $212,616 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $151,027 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 $61,589 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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Total Pay Trajectory

For Software Architect

$212,616 /yr
Software Architect
$246,336 /yr
Senior Software Architect
$275,228 /yr
Lead Software Architect
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What is the total pay trajectory for Software Architect?

Job TitleSalary
Software Architect$212,616 /yr
Senior Software Architect$246,336 /yr
Lead Software Architect$275,228 /yr

Related Job Titles

For Software Architect

Some related job titles are Enterprise Architect Salaries with median pay of $199,169, Senior Software Developer Salaries with median pay of $158,743, Software Manager Salaries with median pay of $235,806, Staff Software Engineer Salaries with median pay of $253,326.

Top Paying Companies

For a Software Architect in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Software Architect in United States. Employers include Google, Meta and Apple.

1
Google
Google
$368,401/yr
1K open jobs
2
Meta
$343,281/yr
3
Apple
$322,683/yr
4
Yahoo
$319,114/yr
6
Zynga
$312,802/yr
7
NVIDIA
$297,066/yr
9
Adobe
$279,432/yr
10
Intuit
$277,328/yr
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Top Paying Companies

For Software Architect in United States

1Google$368,401
2Meta$343,281
3Apple$322,683
4Yahoo$319,114
5Amazon$315,464
6Zynga$312,802
7NVIDIA$297,066
8Microsoft$279,588
9Adobe$279,432
10Intuit$277,328
Total Pay Trajectory

For Software Architect

$212,616 /yr
Software Architect
$246,336 /yr
Senior Software Architect
$275,228 /yr
Lead Software Architect
See Full Career Path

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What is the total pay trajectory for Software Architect?

Job TitleSalary
Software Architect$212,616 /yr
Senior Software Architect$246,336 /yr
Lead Software Architect$275,228 /yr

What are total pay estimates for a Software Architect at different companies?

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CGI
3.9
Software ArchitectSee 444 salaries from this location

$169,163

 / yr
Tech Mahindra
3.6
Software ArchitectSee 189 salaries from this location

$139,781

 / yr
Mphasis
3.5
Software ArchitectSee 148 salaries from this location

$157,725

 / yr
UST
4
Software ArchitectSee 138 salaries from this location

$151,271

 / yr
PwC
3.9
Software ArchitectSee 133 salaries from this location

$172,127

 / yr
IBM
3.9
Software ArchitectSee 91 salaries from this location

$176,873

 / yr
Intel Corporation
4.1
Software ArchitectSee 80 salaries from this location

$252,269

 / yr

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Cadence Design Systems
4.3
Software ArchitectSee 70 salaries from this location

$254,571

 / yr
Oracle
3.9
Software ArchitectSee 69 salaries from this location

$227,084

 / yr
Tanisha Systems
4.3
Software ArchitectSee 66 salaries from this location

$156,681

 / yr
Innominds Software
3.5
Software ArchitectSee 52 salaries from this location

$180,348

 / yr
Cisco Systems
4.4
Software ArchitectSee 50 salaries from this location

$274,171

 / yr
Salesforce
4.1
Software ArchitectSee 41 salaries from this location

$254,036

 / yr
Cognizant Technology Solutions
3.8
Software ArchitectSee 38 salaries from this location

$130,109

 / yr
Leidos
3.8
Software ArchitectSee 37 salaries from this location

$131,276

 / yr
CEI
4
Software ArchitectSee 35 salaries from this location

$154,441

 / yr
Virtusa
3.8
Software ArchitectSee 35 salaries from this location

$137,001

 / yr
Birlasoft
3.6
Software ArchitectSee 34 salaries from this location

$153,189

 / yr
CIGNEX Datamatics
3.2
Software ArchitectSee 34 salaries from this location

$161,366

 / yr
Randstad US
3.7
Software ArchitectSee 31 salaries from this location

$157,006

 / yr
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Software Architect Salaries

Job TitleSalary
CGI Software Architect salaries - 444 salaries reported$169,163/yr
Tech Mahindra Software Architect salaries - 189 salaries reported$139,781/yr
Mphasis Software Architect salaries - 148 salaries reported$157,725/yr
UST Software Architect salaries - 138 salaries reported$151,271/yr
PwC Software Architect salaries - 133 salaries reported$172,127/yr
IBM Software Architect salaries - 91 salaries reported$176,873/yr
Intel Corporation Software Architect salaries - 80 salaries reported$252,269/yr
Cadence Design Systems Software Architect salaries - 70 salaries reported$254,571/yr
Oracle Software Architect salaries - 69 salaries reported$227,084/yr
Tanisha Systems Software Architect salaries - 66 salaries reported$156,681/yr
Innominds Software Software Architect salaries - 52 salaries reported$180,348/yr
Cisco Systems Software Architect salaries - 50 salaries reported$274,171/yr
Salesforce Software Architect salaries - 41 salaries reported$254,036/yr
Cognizant Technology Solutions Software Architect salaries - 38 salaries reported$130,109/yr
Leidos Software Architect salaries - 37 salaries reported$131,276/yr
CEI Software Architect salaries - 35 salaries reported$154,441/yr
Virtusa Software Architect salaries - 35 salaries reported$137,001/yr
Birlasoft Software Architect salaries - 34 salaries reported$153,189/yr
CIGNEX Datamatics Software Architect salaries - 34 salaries reported$161,366/yr
Randstad US Software Architect salaries - 31 salaries reported$157,006/yr
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Top Paying Industries

For a Software Architect in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Software Architect in United States are Retail & Wholesale with a median total pay of $205,103, Media & Communication with a median total pay of $200,104, Energy, Mining & Utilities with a median total pay of $190,544, Telecommunications with a median total pay of $185,842, and Manufacturing with a median total pay of $181,195.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Retail & WholesaleRetail & Wholesale$205,103

    15% Higher than other industries

  • Media & CommunicationMedia & Communication$200,104

    13% Higher than other industries

  • Energy, Mining & UtilitiesEnergy, Mining & Utilities$190,544

    9% Higher than other industries

  • TelecommunicationsTelecommunications$185,842

    6% Higher than other industries

  • ManufacturingManufacturing$181,195

    4% Higher than other industries

Retail & Wholesale

Top paying companies in Retail & Wholesale for Software Architect are Walmart and Sears.

WalmartWalmart$236,985/yr
SearsSears$173,222/yr

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What is the pay outlook for Engineering?

Engineering jobs are in high demand with workers receiving generous compensation packages and bonuses. Engineering offers ample opportunity for growth and development with transferable skills across an array of fields from software, supply chain and logistics to aerospace. Most roles require at least a bachelor’s degree. To remain competitive, job-seekers should consider specialization or skill-specific programs such as coding boot-camps or certifications.

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date or Time

Software Architect

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$205,000

/yr

$180K | $25K

Submitted Yesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Platform Architect

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$160,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Software Architect

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$175,000

/yr

$170K | $5K

Submitted Yesterday

7-9 years
Yesterday
Wireless Platform Architect

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$302,500

/yr

$178K | $125K

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Software Architect

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$100,000

/yr

$80K | $20K

Submitted Yesterday

7-9 years
Yesterday
Application Architect

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$118,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Application Architect

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$169,000

/yr

$154K | $15K

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Application Architect

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$65

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Application Architect

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$190,000

/yr

Submitted 2 days ago

15+ years
2 days ago

Software Architect pay FAQ

The average salary for a Software Architect is $212,616 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 7159 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Software Architect employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Software Architect in United States is $274,883 per year.

The lowest salary for a Software Architect in United States is $167,094 per year.

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

Software architects earn salaries similar to those of computer and information research scientists, computer hardware engineers, computer systems analysts, and information security analysts. Their relatively high earnings are attributed to their technical skillset, developed through both education and work experience. The expansion of healthcare information technology is expected to contribute to employment growth for this job title, so prospective software architects with expertise in this area may command especially high pay.

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According to anonymous Glassdoor ratings, 74% of software architects are satisfied with their salaries. With a bachelor's degree, seven or more years of experience, and a potential $61,588.88 in bonus pay and profit sharing, software architects may enjoy a good salary.

To make more money during your software architect career, earn a master's degree. Advancing beyond a bachelor's degree expands your knowledge and shows employers that you're committed to your career. Likewise, earn certifications in various systems and programming languages, like MS SQL Server, AWS, and Java. Keep track of industry news to ensure that you get certified for the latest software, expanding your job opportunities. Many employers require five to seven years of experience in your field. Once you prove your value to employers, you might qualify for senior positions. Taking on large projects also adds valuable experience to your resume.

Point out your education and certifications during your software architect job interview. If you have a master's degree or doctorate, note that you're part of the minority that advanced beyond a bachelor's degree. Mention your years of experience, particularly if you have a significant amount. Similarly, highlight your certifications in different fields, like software frameworks and cloud computing. Focus on the certifications relevant to your specific software architect job, and prepare yourself for in-depth questions about software, systems, and programming languages. If you've taken on senior positions in the past, explain that your experience warrants a higher salary.

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