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How Much Does a Principal Architect Earn In The United States?

Principal Architect Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$136,000
$100,000
$136,000
$184,000
Principal architects in the United States make an average salary of $136,030 per year or $65.4 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $100,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $184,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, New Hampshire, Washington, Maryland, and North Dakota provide the highest principal architect salaries.
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Where Principal Architects Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where principal architects earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Principal Architects Earn In Different Cities?

While a principal architect can average a salary of $136,030 per year, or $65.4 per hour, there are many opportunities for principal architects to make more. For example, in San Mateo, CA you might make $163,561 per year. Other high-paying locations include Seattle, WA, Washington, DC and Littleton, CO. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Mateo, CA where the average starting salary is $105,000. The highest paying states for principal architects include California, New Hampshire and Washington. Meanwhile, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Missouri offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. San Mateo, CA
$163,561
Avg. Salary
$84k
$206k
2. Seattle, WA
$145,491
Avg. Salary
$84k
$206k
3. Washington, DC
$137,659
Avg. Salary
$84k
$206k
4. Littleton, CO
$129,677
Avg. Salary
$84k
$206k
5. Reston, VA
$129,050
Avg. Salary
$84k
$206k
6. Jersey City, NJ
$128,608
Avg. Salary
$84k
$206k

High Paying Principal Architect Jobs

Which Companies Pay Principal Architects The Most?

To earn a high income as a principal architect, working for Microsoft or Adobe might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Nvidia and The Bank of New York Mellon report highly competitive wages for principal architects.
Company
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$150k
$211k
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$150k
$211k
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$150k
$211k
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$150k
$211k
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$150k
$211k

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    How Much Do Principal Architects Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, principal architect salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that finance, technology, and telecommunication companies tend to offer much higher salaries for principal architects. For example, principal architects make a whopping average salary of $146,224 while working for finance companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $139,559 at technology companies and $131,964 at telecommunication companies. But principal architects may want to avoid working in the health care industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $131,512.
    1. Finance
    $146,224
    Avg. Salary
    $103k
    $172k
    2. Technology
    $139,559
    Avg. Salary
    $103k
    $172k
    3. Telecommunication
    $131,964
    Avg. Salary
    $103k
    $172k
    4. Health Care
    $131,512
    Avg. Salary
    $103k
    $172k

    How Experience Affects Principal Architect Salaries

    The salary for a principal architect can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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