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Working As a Principal Architect

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

  • $139,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Principal Architect Do

Principal Architects manage all design work at an architecture firm. They ensure that all work is of high professional quality and manage the activity of other design professionals.

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Average Length of Employment
Chief Architect 3.6 years
Architect Manager 3.3 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Architect 3.1 years
Senior Architect 2.9 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Principal Architect
Architect 14.2%
Consultant 5.9%
Top Careers After Principal Architect
Architect 9.8%
Consultant 5.0%
Principal 3.4%
Director 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$139,000
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$105,000
Min 10%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$182,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Principal Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Principal Architect in the United States is $139,212 per year or $67 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $106,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $182,000.

Real Principal Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Architect Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2015 $240,000
Global Principal Varchitect EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 28, 2015 $212,514
Principal Architect Minus Inc. New York, NY Sep 06, 2015 $200,000
Principal Architect Shutterfly, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 21, 2015 $200,000
Principal Architect Universal E-Business Solutions, LLC Newington, CT Oct 18, 2016 $200,000
Principal Architect Universal E-Business Solutions, LLC New York, NY Nov 10, 2016 $200,000
Principal Architect Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 29, 2016 $191,162 -
$240,000
Principal Cloud Architect Ruckus Wireless, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 22, 2016 $190,000
Principal Architect Asurion San Mateo, CA Sep 03, 2015 $188,822
Principal Architect Asurion San Mateo, CA Feb 22, 2016 $188,822
Principal Applied Architect Nordstrom, Inc. Seattle, WA Mar 12, 2016 $184,400
Principal Architect, Engineering Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 03, 2015 $184,140
Principal Architect Symphony Teleca Services, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 26, 2015 $183,872 -
$188,240
Lead Principal Architect Nordstrom, Inc. Seattle, WA Jun 16, 2015 $180,000
Principal Architect Allscripts Software, LLC AZ Aug 13, 2015 $149,350
Principal Applied Architect Nordstrom, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 18, 2016 $148,300
SR. Principal Architect Ca, Inc. Framingham, MA May 12, 2016 $148,239
Principal Architect Mulesoft, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $147,846 -
$200,000
Principal Services Architect Ca, Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 05, 2016 $147,229
Principal Services Architect Ca, Inc. Mounds View, MN Jul 03, 2016 $147,229
Principal Services Architect Ca, Inc. New York, NY Aug 03, 2016 $147,229
Principal Architect Aurionpro Solutions, Inc. Woodbridge, NJ Sep 28, 2015 $129,334 -
$141,482
Principal Architect-Sharepoint Infrastructure & Configuration SPRI Partners LLC Chicago, IL Dec 09, 2016 $129,000
Principal Architect EMC Corporation Southborough, MA Dec 09, 2016 $128,800
Principal Architect Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Herndon, VA Mar 09, 2016 $127,379 -
$142,000
Technology Principal Architect Sap America, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Aug 02, 2016 $126,700 -
$215,320
Principal Architect Dyntek Services, Inc. Newport Beach, CA Aug 02, 2016 $126,000 -
$135,000
Senior Principal Architect Dyntek Services, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 26, 2016 $126,000 -
$135,000
Senior Principal Architect (Microsoft) Dyntek Services, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 26, 2016 $126,000 -
$135,000

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Top Skills for A Principal Architect

  1. Architecture
  2. Web Application
  3. Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Detailed architecture/feature designs for advanced next-generation metro/regional optical solutions.
  • Implemented basic registration functionality in the existing Web application.
  • Managed offshore engineering team, overcoming challenges including technical, resource planning & motivation, communication, and infrastructure.
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance on major product features and fundamental architecture changes for all engineering groups in Digital Advertising Platform.
  • Helped SQL Server Marketing team with presenting and educating SQL Server product in various regions in US, EMEA and Australia.

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Top 10 Best States for Principal Architects

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Colorado
  3. California
  4. Virginia
  5. Maryland
  6. Washington
  7. Connecticut
  8. New Jersey
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Principal Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

77.7%

Unknown

11.5%

Female

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

53.3%

Asian

17.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

5.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.8%

French

11.9%

Japanese

9.5%

Carrier

7.1%

Sami

4.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Hebrew

4.8%

Swedish

2.4%

Marathi

2.4%

Gujarati

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Thai

2.4%

Albanian

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Greek

2.4%

Latvian

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%
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Principal Architect Education

Schools

Georgia Institute of Technology -

7.5%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

University of Texas at Austin

6.4%

Harvard University

5.9%

University of California - Berkeley

5.3%

Stanford University

5.3%

University of Arizona

5.3%

Kansas State University

4.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.8%

Ohio State University

4.8%

University of Southern California

4.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.8%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Texas Tech University

4.3%

University of Kansas

4.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.7%

George Washington University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.7%
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Majors

Architecture

25.4%

Computer Science

22.8%

Business

9.4%

Electrical Engineering

7.7%

Information Technology

4.3%

Computer Engineering

4.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.8%

Management

2.7%

Finance

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%

Mathematics

2.1%

Physics

2.1%

Engineering

2.0%

Computer Applications

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Project Management

1.5%

Urban Planning

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Economics

0.9%

Education

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.2%

Masters

35.7%

Other

11.8%

Doctorate

5.1%

Associate

2.2%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

1.0%
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