Average Principal Developer Salary
$122,000 yearly
$58.71 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$93,000
10 %
$122,000
Median
$159,000
90 %
What Is The Average Principal Developer Salary?
The average principal developer salary is $122,126 per year, or $58.71 per hour, in the United States. In terms of salary range, an entry level principal developer salary is roughly $93,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $159,000. If you like following the crowd, technology and manufacturing companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out finance, technology, and media companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, California, New York, New Jersey, and Nevada provide the highest principal developer salaries.

Average Principal Developer Salary By State

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

Average Salary

Principal Developer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$90,426
$43.47
Alaska
$82,340
$39.59
Arizona
$109,629
$52.71
Arkansas
$93,801
$45.10
California
$146,265
$70.32
Colorado
$98,202
$47.21
Connecticut
$102,329
$49.20
Delaware
$112,761
$54.21
District of Columbia
$124,876
$60.04
Florida
$99,481
$47.83
Georgia
$101,859
$48.97
Hawaii
$73,449
$35.31
Idaho
$101,650
$48.87
Illinois
$96,329
$46.31
Indiana
$81,508
$39.19
Iowa
$92,867
$44.65
Kansas
$82,113
$39.48
Kentucky
$87,292
$41.97
Louisiana
$88,865
$42.72
Maine
$91,947
$44.21
Maryland
$104,822
$50.40
Massachusetts
$116,736
$56.12
Michigan
$98,643
$47.42
Minnesota
$94,404
$45.39
Mississippi
$92,524
$44.48
Missouri
$89,812
$43.18
Montana
$101,713
$48.90
Nebraska
$84,165
$40.46
Nevada
$118,914
$57.17
New Hampshire
$111,042
$53.39
New Jersey
$119,219
$57.32
New Mexico
$99,533
$47.85
New York
$127,294
$61.20
North Carolina
$110,787
$53.26
North Dakota
$76,324
$36.69
Ohio
$90,056
$43.30
Oklahoma
$94,646
$45.50
Oregon
$109,840
$52.81
Pennsylvania
$111,278
$53.50
Rhode Island
$105,468
$50.71
South Carolina
$84,903
$40.82
South Dakota
$74,718
$35.92
Tennessee
$86,230
$41.46
Texas
$117,125
$56.31
Utah
$101,261
$48.68
Vermont
$94,692
$45.52
Virginia
$114,042
$54.83
Washington
$157,283
$75.62
West Virginia
$83,318
$40.06
Wisconsin
$84,920
$40.83
Wyoming
$69,261
$33.30

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Highest Paying Cities For Principal Developer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Bellevue, WA
$159,102
$76.49
San Francisco, CA
$152,933
$73.53
New York, NY
$127,683
$61.39
Jersey City, NJ
$119,450
$57.43
Austin, TX
$118,436
$56.94
Boston, MA
$116,641
$56.08

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Average Principal Developer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $122,000
    $58.71
    +1.8%
    2020
    $120,000
    $57.68
    +1.7%
    2019
    $118,000
    $56.71
    +1.8%
    2018
    $116,000
    $55.68
    +2.8%
    2017
    $113,000
    $54.12
    +3.0%

    How Much Do Principal Developers Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a principal developer can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for principal developers tend to be found in finance, technology, and media companies. In fact, principal developers can make a yearly salary of $138,245 while working for finance companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Principal Developer SalaryPrincipal Developer Salary Range
    1
    Finance
    $138,245
    $99k
    $157k
    2
    Technology
    $138,090
    $99k
    $157k
    3
    Media
    $135,095
    $99k
    $157k
    4
    Pharmaceutical
    $121,884
    $99k
    $157k
    5
    Professional
    $119,499
    $99k
    $157k
    6
    Manufacturing
    $112,031
    $99k
    $157k

    High Paying Principal Developer Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Developer/Consultant

    Avg. salary: $91,945

    A developer/consultant is responsible for developing system databases and applications, depending on the business' needs and clients' specifications. Developers/consultants design their services to manage optimal performance and maximize productivity for timely submission of projects, ensuring client satisfaction and loyalty. They also handle clients' inquiries and concerns, informing them about necessary adjustments to improve strategic procedures and processes. A developer/consultant must have excellent communication and analytical skills, as well as extensive experience with the technology industry.
    149,613 Developer/Consultant Jobs
    Developer Analyst

    Avg. salary: $79,674

    A developer analyst is a professional who is responsible for building application requirements and develops database solutions that allow operational efficiency and user-friendly tools. Developer analysts are required to develop a detailed definition of business solutions that can include database design, data flow, and transaction processing requirements. They work with other teams to design and implement a web application that manages internal processes and can result in increased productivity. Developer analysts are also required to perform integration tests for various vendors for services that are according to business requirements and testing processes.
    120,357 Developer Analyst Jobs
    Lead Software Developer

    Avg. salary: $105,248

    A lead software developer is responsible for creating and designing software applications and systems to support business functions and client requirements. Lead software developers analyze specifications to build efficient applications, conduct multiple quality testing, and enhance the user's interface. They also coordinate with the design engineers to modify and improve the features of existing software applications for optimal performance. A lead software developer must have excellent communication and technical skills, especially in considering the current technology trends to meet demands.
    169,864 Lead Software Developer Jobs
    Team Lead And Developer

    Avg. salary: $104,313

    A team lead and developer is a person who handles a group of employees in a particular section, geared to accomplish daily specific goals. The team lead and developer ensures that the team works cohesively and efficiently to achieve its goals. It is the role of the team lead to ensure employees are well-equipped, trained properly, and capable. The team lead conducts regular assessments of teammates and offers support. Added to the role of the team lead is to request training, enhancement seminars, and submit accomplishment and activity reports to company management.
    190,672 Team Lead And Developer Jobs
    Systems Developer

    Avg. salary: $85,023

    A Systems Developer is responsible for designing and creating software applications and server programs to support business requirements and client specifications. System Developers run multiple diagnostic tests to the systems to ensure performance and stability and revise scripts for optimization as needed. They also evaluate and improve existing networks, develop infrastructure, and set configuration. A Systems Developer must have excellent communication and technical skills, as well as a strong command of programming languages and system codes to identify network structures and operating systems.
    177,390 Systems Developer Jobs
    Applications Developer

    Avg. salary: $81,439

    An application developer is responsible for creating program applications for devices based on clients' specifications and business needs. Application developers must have excellent knowledge of computer systems, as well as a strong command of programming languages to develop customized programs. Duties of an application developer also include running diagnostic tests to ensure the application's performance and stability, providing instruction manuals for reference, performing troubleshooting for any inconsistencies, upgrading design codes for optimization, and launching the application following the client's timetable.
    154,809 Applications Developer Jobs

    Principal Developer Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a principal developer 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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $77,000
    $37.03
    Mid Level
    $108,000
    $51.99
    Senior Level
    $193,000
    $92.81

    Which Companies Pay Principal Developers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a principal developer, working for Microsoft or Oracle might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Western Digital and SunGard report highly competitive wages for principal developers.
    Company
    LogoRankCompanyAverage Principal Developer SalaryPrincipal Developer Salary Range
    1Microsoft
    4.9
    $192,303
    $137k
    $201k
    2Oracle
    4.8
    $187,763
    $137k
    $201k
    3Western Digital
    4.8
    $181,125
    $137k
    $201k
    4SunGard
    4.8
    $176,452
    $137k
    $201k
    5Salesforce
    4.8
    $175,277
    $137k
    $201k
    6The Bank of New York Mellon
    4.9
    $164,545
    $137k
    $201k

    Recently Added Principal Developer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Principal, New Product Development and Innovation
    Washington, DC
    08/05/2021
    $94,500
    08/05/2021
    CMC ICOS Biologics Inc.
    Principal Development Scientist
    Principal Development Scientist
    Longmont, CO
    08/04/2021
    $134,900
    08/04/2021
    Dir-Principal Gifts & Strategic Planning-Office of Development
    Jackson, MS
    08/01/2021
    $50,000
    08/01/2021
    Senior Principal Developer-Liquid Handling-Dlmp
    Rochester, MN
    07/29/2021
    $161,534
    07/29/2021
    Principal Full Stack C# Developer-Fully Remote
    Boston, MA
    07/28/2021
    $156,525
    07/28/2021
    County of Riverside
    Principal Development Specialist-Housing Authority
    Principal Development Specialist-Housing Authority
    Indio, CA
    07/24/2021
    $50,000
    07/24/2021
    Node.Js Developer Principal
    Philadelphia, PA
    07/21/2021
    $187,830
    07/21/2021
    Principal Developer
    Eugene, OR
    07/14/2021
    $76,718
    07/14/2021
    Principal Cloud Developer
    Noel, MO
    07/13/2021
    $88,830
    07/13/2021
    Principal Cloud Developer
    Cope, SC
    07/13/2021
    $88,830
    07/13/2021

    Average Principal Developer Salary by Demographic

    Principal Developer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $120,308
    female-income
    Female Income
    $112,527
    Median Principal Developer Income by Race
    Asian principal developers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american principal developers have the lowest average salary at $112,300.
    $123,000
    $121,000
    $119,000
    $117,000
    $115,000
    $113,000
    $111,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$117,976
    White$116,870
    Black or African American$112,300
    Asian$121,224
    Hispanic or Latino$113,717
    Average Principal Developer Salary by Education Level
    Principal developers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $141,888 annually. With a Masters degree, principal developers earn a median annual income of $129,421 compared to $120,308 for principal developers with an Bachelors degree.
    $146,000
    $141,000
    $136,000
    $131,000
    $126,000
    $121,000
    $116,000
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$129,421
    Bachelor's Degree$120,308
    Doctorate Degree$141,888