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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

  • $133,000

    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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Principal Architect Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Architect Manager 3.7 years
Chief Architect 3.5 years
Staff Architect 3.5 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Architect 3.0 years
Storage Architect 2.9 years
Senior Architect 2.8 years
Data Architect 2.6 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
Business Architect 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Architect 12.5%
Consultant 5.1%
Top Employers After
Architect 8.3%
Consultant 4.5%
Principal 4.3%
Director 3.1%

Principal Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

85.0%

Female

11.7%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

68.3%

Asian

19.7%

Hispanic or Latino

7.4%

Unknown

3.9%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.5%

Japanese

11.8%

French

11.8%

Sami

5.9%

Hebrew

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Swedish

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Marathi

2.9%

Gujarati

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Thai

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%
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Principal Architect Education

Schools

University of Arizona

8.5%

Stanford University

7.5%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.6%

University of Texas at Austin

6.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.7%

University of Utah

5.7%

Syracuse University

4.7%

Villanova University

4.7%

Kansas State University

4.7%

Texas Tech University

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

Harvard University

3.8%

University of Idaho

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

University of California - Berkeley

3.8%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

George Washington University

3.8%
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Majors

Architecture

23.7%

Computer Science

23.5%

Business

10.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.7%

Computer Engineering

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

Information Technology

4.2%

Physics

2.5%

Engineering

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Mathematics

2.1%

Finance

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%

Management

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Urban Planning

1.5%

Project Management

1.5%

Economics

1.0%

Psychology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.4%

Masters

34.5%

Other

13.9%

Doctorate

5.3%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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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. Mounds View, MN Jul 03, 2016 $147,229
Principal Services Architect Ca, Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 05, 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 (Microsoft) Dyntek Services, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 26, 2016 $126,000 -
$135,000
Senior Principal Architect Dyntek Services, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 26, 2016 $126,000 -
$135,000

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Top Skills for A Principal Architect

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Top Principal Architect Skills

  1. Technical Architecture
  2. Web Application
  3. Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed Technical Architecture team, conducted performance evaluations, objectives setting.
  • Implemented basic registration functionality in the existing Web application.
  • Lead a team of IT professionals across various locations to support and manage IT infrastructure supporting various IT services.
  • Supported and worked with multiple platforms, Operating Systems, and software protocols.
  • Key to the strategy is integrating numerous acquired online data and information products.

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