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Working As A Chief Software Architect

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $138,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Software Architect Do At Visa

* Define and architect the Visa Digital platform to support innovative solutions and exceed the expectations of Clients
* Lead the team of senior systems and data architects to define, develop, maintain, and communicate the technology and platform strategy to all levels including the Visa executive team
* Foster a culture of innovation, in an environment that requires high levels of scalability, security and reliability
* Build relationships with key architects across technology organizations and collaborate on promoting architectural best practices across technology.
* Contribute to building Visa’s technology brand through internal and external initiatives.
* Partner cross functionally with key stakeholders in product management, enterprise architecture and technology
* Experience developing and delivering complex technology architecture for global application in the technology industry

What Does A Chief Software Architect Do At Leidos

* Lead the architectural activities for a team(s) of agile software developers to create, maintain, and enhance complex and diverse software systems (e.g., processing-intensive analytics, development of real-time workflows, and analytics services) based upon documented requirements.
* Provide specific input to the software components of system design to include hardware/software trade-offs, software reuse, use of COTS/GOTS in place of new development, and requirements analysis and synthesis from system level to individual software components.
* Must be a team player, strong communication skills, and works well with other Senior program staff (Test, Integration & Deployment, PM)
* Be able to use the comprehensive user engagement conducted by system engineering counterparts to convert the use cases, user interviews, and architectural artifacts into functioning software services.
* Must be able to work in a dynamic fast paced, highly flexible, team-oriented environment with responsibility for customer deliverables and schedule.
* Analyze user requirements to derive software design and performance requirements;
* Develop software solutions for Big Data and Cloud Environments by analyzing functional and non-functional requirements, conferring with mission owners or system engineers; analyzing systems flow, data usage and work processes; and investigating problem areas

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Average Length of Employment
Software Director 3.9 years
Chief Architect 3.6 years
Software Leader 3.3 years
Architect Manager 3.3 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Chief Software Architect
Consultant 4.0%
Programmer 2.7%
Architect 2.2%
Top Careers After Chief Software Architect
Consultant 5.2%
Architect 3.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$138,000
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$78,000
Min 10%
$138,000
Median 50%
$138,000
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$138,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Median 50%
$138,000
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$138,000
Median 50%
$242,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Palo Alto Networks
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Chief Software Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Chief Software Architect in the United States is $138,520 per year or $67 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $243,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Chief Software Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Software Architect Celcite Management Solutions Sep 19, 2013 $190,000
Chief Software Architect Inversion Technologies, Inc. Sep 01, 2011 $180,000
Chief Software Architect Fundly Inc. (Formerly Blueswarm Inc.) Apr 01, 2012 $170,000
Chief Software Architect Fundly Inc.(Formerly Blueswarm Inc.) Apr 01, 2012 $170,000
Chief Software Architect Parasim, Inc. Dec 01, 2014 $160,699
Chief Software Architect Intermedia.Net Sep 20, 2016 $155,000 -
$200,000
Chief Software Architect Ortiva Wireless, Inc. Sep 16, 2011 $150,000
Chief Software Architect Catalyst Repository Systems Feb 06, 2016 $150,000
Chief Software Architect Reality Lab Networks Sep 20, 2016 $150,000 -
$200,000
Chief Software Architect Thomsons Online LLC Feb 06, 2012 $150,000 -
$200,000
Chief Software Architect Topaz Technologies LLC Jan 26, 2012 $149,635
Chief Software Architect Maximumbit Inc. Sep 16, 2016 $125,220
Chief Software Architect Maximumbit Inc. Sep 19, 2015 $125,220
Chief Software Architect LTGO, LLC Jan 01, 2012 $125,000
Chief Software Architect Minacs Group (USA) Inc. Jan 14, 2013 $124,800
Chief Software Architect Icare.com, LLC Mar 06, 2012 $121,000
Chief Software Architect Ignite Media Solutions, LLC Sep 03, 2011 $120,000 -
$140,000
Chief Software Architect Saassi, LLC Mar 09, 2016 $120,000
Chief Software Architect Treasure Data, Inc. Sep 13, 2013 $120,000
Chief Software Architect DET Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. Sep 15, 2015 $110,926 -
$150,684
Chief Software Architect Epivoz Corporation Sep 19, 2011 $110,000 -
$120,000
Chief Software Architect Eagleyemed Inc. Sep 19, 2014 $110,000 -
$125,000
Chief Software Architect Catalyst Repository Systems Feb 06, 2010 $109,762
Software Discipline Chief Cyient, Inc. May 23, 2016 $109,678
Chief Software Architect Michon Inc., DBA Definition 6 LLC Mar 09, 2015 $105,789 -
$106,000
Chief Software Architect Precision Global Consulting Inc. Oct 03, 2011 $105,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Software Architect

  1. Architecture
  2. Web Application
  3. SQL
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  • Created a software architecture and prototype implementation for a rule based dynamic content filtering technology for the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Secure Laboratory web applications for entry/edit/review of FDA mandated regulatory record keeping.
  • Helped implement Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence solutions for some RS clients, using SQL Server 2000 OLAP and Analysis Services.
  • Designed, documented and established software development processes for analysis, design, implementation and testing of software projects.
  • Collected performance metrics by concurrently monitoring the database, web and application servers for application optimization.

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Top 10 Best States for Chief Software Architects

  1. California
  2. Washington
  3. Texas
  4. Colorado
  5. New Hampshire
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Oregon
  8. Arizona
  9. Connecticut
  10. Virginia
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Chief Software Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

91.3%

Unknown

4.4%

Female

4.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Asian

14.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

28.6%

Spanish

21.4%

Italian

14.3%

Portuguese

7.1%

German

7.1%

Carrier

7.1%

Yiddish

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%
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Chief Software Architect Education

Schools

University of California - Berkeley

6.9%

University of Florida

6.9%

Stanford University

6.9%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

6.9%

Texas A&M University

6.9%

Southern Methodist University

6.9%

University of Illinois University Administration

6.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.9%

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

6.9%

University of Washington

3.4%

Indiana Institute of Technology

3.4%

Brown University

3.4%

Johnson University

3.4%

Wright State University

3.4%

University of North Texas

3.4%

National University

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Saint Cloud State University

3.4%

Air Force Institute of Technology

3.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

40.4%

Computer Engineering

12.8%

Business

10.6%

Electrical Engineering

8.5%

Mathematics

4.3%

Engineering

3.2%

Psychology

2.1%

Health Education

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

Economics

2.1%

Information Technology

2.1%

Systems Engineering

1.1%

Statistics

1.1%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Management Science

1.1%

Management

1.1%

Biblical Studies

1.1%

Precision Metal Working

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

Marketing

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.3%

Masters

34.7%

Doctorate

12.6%

Certificate

3.2%

Associate

2.1%

High School Diploma

1.1%
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