Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for software architects in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 176,185 software architects currently employed in the United States.
  • 6.2% of all software architects are women, while 93.8% are men.
  • The average age of an employed software architect is 39 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of software architects is White (52.6%), followed by Asian (30.0%), Hispanic or Latino (8.1%) and Unknown (4.8%).
  • Software architects are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • The health care industry is the highest-paying for software architects.
  • San Francisco, CA pays an annual average wage of $138,001, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 93% of what men earned.
  • 8% of all software architects are LGBT.
  • Washington is the best state for software architects to live.
  • Software architects are 56% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Software Architect Statistics By Gender

6.2% of software architects are women and 93.8% of software architects are men.

  • Male, 93.8%
  • Female, 6.2%

Software Architects By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male93.8%
Female6.2%

Gender Pay Gap For Software Architect

Women Earn 93¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$111,407
female-income
Female Income
$103,491

Software Architect Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the software architect position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
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2020
2021

Software Architect Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201092.78%7.22%
201192.69%7.31%
201293.20%6.80%
201393.16%6.84%
201493.56%6.44%
201593.46%6.54%
201694.02%5.98%
201793.83%6.17%
201893.84%6.16%
201993.75%6.25%
202093.72%6.28%
202193.76%6.24%

Software Architect Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, dell certified systems expert and software applications architect have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Informatics Nurse Specialist13%87%
Clinical Support Specialist22%78%
Clinic Administrator23%77%
Software Architect94%6%
Senior Data Center Engineer98%2%
Software Applications Architect98%2%
Dell Certified Systems Expert99%1%

Software Architect Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among software architects is White, which makes up 52.6% of all software architects. Comparatively, there are 30.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 52.6%
  • Asian, 30.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 8.1%
  • Unknown, 4.8%
  • Black or African American, 4.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Software Architect Race

Software Architect RacePercentages
White52.6%
Asian30.0%
Hispanic or Latino8.1%
Unknown4.8%
Black or African American4.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.2%

Software Architect Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among software architects.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Software Architect Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201060.75%5.41%25.81%5.59%
201161.21%5.64%25.31%5.30%
201260.12%5.18%26.69%5.74%
201360.51%4.70%26.51%5.56%
201459.39%5.22%27.15%5.68%
201558.56%5.02%27.28%6.26%
201658.07%5.01%27.99%6.26%
201756.64%4.89%28.54%6.62%
201857.29%4.74%27.77%7.24%
201956.46%4.84%28.96%6.86%
202054.66%4.58%28.72%7.68%
202152.65%4.33%30.02%8.06%

Software Architect Wage Gap By Race

Asian software architects have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american software architects have the lowest average salary at $106,709.
$119,000
$116,000
$113,000
$110,000
$107,000
$104,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$112,315
White$111,918
Black or African American$106,709
Asian$117,997
Hispanic or Latino$108,431

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Average Age of a Software Architect

We determined the average age of software architects based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Software Architect Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American3746
Unknown3734
Asian3837
Hispanic or Latino3634
White3940
American Indian and Alaska Native41

Software Architect Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of software architect employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of software architects is 40+ years old, which represents 45% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Software Architect Age

Software Architect YearsPercentages
40+ years45%
30-40 years36%
20-30 years18%

Types of Software Architect Degree Levels

The most common degree for software architects is bachelor's degree 66% of software architects earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 25% and rounding it off is associate degree with 4%.

  • Bachelors, 66%
  • Masters, 25%
  • Associate, 4%
  • Doctorate, 2%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

Software Architects By Education

Software Architect DegreePercentages
Bachelors66%
Masters25%
Associate4%
Doctorate2%
Other Degrees3%

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Software Architect Wage Gap By Education

Software architects with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $133,970 annually. With a Masters degree, software architects earn a median annual income of $122,859 compared to $111,964 for software architects with an Bachelors degree.
$137,000
$132,000
$127,000
$122,000
$117,000
$112,000
$107,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$122,859
Bachelor's Degree$111,964
Doctorate Degree$133,970

Software Architect Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where software architects work. We found most software architects work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most software architects is the technology industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire software architects.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Software Architect Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees3%
50 - 100 employees13%
100 - 500 employees17%
500 - 1,000 employees8%
1,000 - 10,000 employees25%
> 10,000 employees35%

The Types Of Companies Software Architect Work In

Employees with the software architect job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most software architects prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Software Architect Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education2%
Public41%
Private56%
Government0%

Top Industries Hiring Software Architects

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ software architects. Those industries include technology, professional and finance.

Technology

Fortune 500

Professional

Finance

Health Care

Software Architect Turnover And Employment Statistics

Software Architect Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of software architects changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Software Architect Unemployment Rate By Year

YearSoftware Architect Unemployment Rate
20104.56%
20113.25%
20122.64%
20132.67%
20142.07%
20152.26%
20162.33%
20172.17%
20181.80%
20191.88%
20202.40%
20212.07%

The Average Number of Years That Software Architect Stay in a Job

By looking over 2,911 software architects resumes, we figured out that the average software architect enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Software Architect Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year20%
1-2 years35%
3-4 years15%
5-7 years14%
8-10 years7%
11+ years10%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Software Architects with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to software architects.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Data Center Analyst7.31%167,264
Assistant Systems Analyst8.42%82,739
Software Architect8.46%-
Information Security Administrator8.59%157,160
Junior Network Technician9.03%53,945
Project Manager/Scrum Master10.54%99,027
Operations Support Specialist10.88%176,034

Software Architect LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Data Center Analyst7.31%167,264
Assistant Systems Analyst8.42%82,739
Information Security Administrator8.59%157,160
Junior Network Technician9.03%53,945
Project Manager/Scrum Master10.54%99,027
Operations Support Specialist10.88%176,034

Foreign Languages Spoken By Software Architects

The most common foreign language among software architects is Spanish at 20.8%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.4% and Mandarin is the third-most popular at 10.4%.

  • Spanish, 20.8%
  • French, 10.4%
  • Mandarin, 10.4%
  • Russian, 10.4%
  • Chinese, 8.3%
  • Other, 39.7%

Software Architect Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish20.8%
French10.4%
Mandarin10.4%
Russian10.4%
Chinese8.3%
Other39.7%

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Software Architect Heatmaps

Where Do Software Architects Earn The Most?

Software architects earn the most in California, where the average software architect salary is $128,013. The map here shows where software architects earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Software Architects?

By looking through more than 2,911 resumes, we found that the most popular places for software architects are New York, NY and Austin, TX.

Number of Software Architects

Number Of Software Architect Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California14,526$128,013
2Texas6,385$102,211
3Washington4,813$119,790
4Illinois4,116$98,904
5Florida4,012$84,472
6Virginia3,754$101,421
7Massachusetts3,688$115,528
8New York3,599$106,477
9Georgia3,120$90,389
10Pennsylvania3,038$104,161
11North Carolina2,528$97,045
12Maryland2,414$104,096
13New Jersey2,301$101,270
14Ohio2,194$95,394
15Colorado2,143$102,225
16Oregon1,817$118,605
17Arizona1,811$116,074
18Michigan1,807$94,960
19Minnesota1,796$94,610
20Indiana1,590$91,295
21Utah1,445$106,266
22Missouri1,311$90,420
23Wisconsin1,249$95,670
24Connecticut1,132$100,091
25District of Columbia977$105,451
26Alabama965$90,319
27Tennessee926$82,287
28Kentucky732$86,875
29Kansas721$83,633
30Iowa702$85,974
31Arkansas663$84,337
32South Carolina609$80,593
33Idaho569$106,652
34Nevada540$111,287
35Rhode Island511$95,010
36Delaware508$105,949
37Louisiana508$82,731
38New Hampshire475$106,199
39Nebraska472$97,197
40New Mexico425$105,671
41Oklahoma416$97,546
42Montana357$87,553
43Maine315$90,776
44Vermont314$104,989
45North Dakota276$84,016
46West Virginia261$84,422
47Mississippi245$84,883
48South Dakota228$82,968
49Hawaii220$84,622
50Wyoming213$104,924
51Alaska195$112,762

Where Are Software Architects In High Demand?

Software architects are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 57 job openings for software architects here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country software architects are in the most demand.

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Software Architect Demographics FAQs

How Many Software Architect Are There In The Us?

There are over 176,185 Software Architects in the United States.

What Percentage Of Software Architects Are Black?

4.3% of Software Architects are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Software Architects?

Most a are White, with 52.6% of Software Architects belonging to this ethnicity. 30.0% of Software Architects are Asian, 8.1% of Software Architects are Hispanic or Latino, 4.8% of Software Architects are Unknown, 4.3% of Software Architects are Black or African American, and 0.2% of Software Architects are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Software Architect Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Software Architect jobs are male - dominated. 93% of Software Architects are male, and 6% are female, so there are more male Software Architects than female Software Architects in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Software Architect?

The average Software Architect is 39 years old. 45% of Software Architects are 40+ years old or older, 36% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 18% are between 20-30 years old

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