Principal Software Engineer salary in Chicago

Average Base Salary in Chicago

$156,611
$203,545
Additional Cash Compensation
$360,156
Total Compensation
Median: $157K
Min: $120K
Max: $225K

How Much Does a Principal Software Engineer Make in Chicago?

The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer in Chicago is $156,611. The average additional cash compensation for a Principal Software Engineer in Chicago is $203,545. The average total compensation for a Principal Software Engineer in Chicago is $360,156. Principal Software Engineer salaries are based on responses gathered by Built In from anonymous Principal Software Engineer employees in Chicago.

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Total number of Tech companies in Chicago
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Principal Software Engineer jobs in Chicago

Principal Software Engineer

Chicago
1 week ago
+16
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Vets and DisabledYour role in helping us shape the future:As a Lead Engineer you will play a vital role in Developing & Designing services for Unified Portal Manager. You will design develop and deploy server infrastructure to provide ground-based services to our customers airborne products and internal stakeholders. You should have the desire to support the development of complex systems

Principal Software Engineer

Chicago
1 week ago
+43
Why project44?  Our mission is to usher in a new era of trust and predictability to transportation and logistics, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. The industry is massive, as is the opportunity. We’re looking for bright, ambitious individuals to join our growing global team and help us enable a more productive and successful world. We’re changing the way the world ships, and we’re looking for you to help us get there!   What you’re

Principal Software Engineer - C#

Chicago
1 week ago
+48
Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN) is a leader in risk and compliance solutions, providing insightful technology, industry expertise and data insights to clients across the globe. We’re here to help you make smarter decisions with insightful technology, industry expertise and data insights at every stage of your business and investment lifecycles. As markets fluctuate, regulations evolve and technology advances, we’re there. And through it all,

Principal Software Engineer

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+27
We are looking for outstanding Software Engineers and Architects to help us build the world's most scalable and efficient data warehouse. Qualifications: BS, MS, or PhD in computer science, computer engineering, or related technical field 10+ years of industry experience working with large codebases (1M+ lines of code). Deep familiarity with low-level, backend coding concepts, including concurrency, synchronization primitives, CPU architecture,

PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER, CAT DIGITAL

Chicago
20 hours ago
+47
CAREER AREA: Digital JOB DESCRIPTION: We at CAT digital are building a state-of-the-art platform to support a wide range of customer-focused applications. We are looking for a strong Principal engineer to join our Platform Services team to develop detailed designs for multiple complex distributed systems. This person will work closely with software development teams to bring the designs to life and bridge any gaps in the integration phase. JOB

Principal Software Engineer - Java - Remote

Chicago
1 week ago
+48
Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN) is a leader in risk and compliance solutions, providing insightful technology, industry expertise and data insights to clients across the globe. We’re here to help you make smarter decisions with insightful technology, industry expertise and data insights at every stage of your business and investment lifecycles. As markets fluctuate, regulations evolve and technology advances, we’re there. And through it all,

PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER, CAT DIGITAL

Chicago
1 week ago
+47
We at CAT digital are building a state-of-the-art platform to support a wide range of customer-focused applications. We are looking for a strong Principal engineer to join our Platform Services team to develop detailed designs for multiple complex distributed systems. This person will work closely with software development teams to bring the designs to life and bridge any gaps in the integration phase. JOB DUTIES: As a Principal Software Engineer

Data Engineering Tech Lead

Chicago
1 month ago
+21
Data Engineering Tech Lead 311 West Monroe Street, 14th Floor Chicago, Illinois, 60606 United States   At West Monroe, our people are our business. We pride ourselves on bringing a different mindset to consulting—and that takes a different approach: highly collaborative, flexible, and tenacious. Our people-first culture is core to our identity. It’s something we care about, and something we strive to enrich and preserve. No hierarchies. No siloes

Interactive Tech Lead

Chicago
8 months ago
+39
closerlook’s Interactive Tech Lead consults with internal and external stakeholders to clearly identify and deliver on business objectives and measurable goals, expected schedule, procedures for accomplishing projects. The Interactive Technical Lead is responsible for the technical management, communication and execution of multiple, concurrent projects. The Interactive Tech Lead consults with project team members to work towards defining the client deliverable and then manages technical resources and project tasks to deliver on those projects. Successful candidates will have worked in C#/PHP and understand the SDLC.

Principal Engineer - Java - Remote

Chicago
10 hours ago
+48
We are looking for technical team members at all levels who want to push themselves to deliver best in market SaaS solutions. We offer a challenging environment where you will have to grow, adapt and use your skills consistently. Our customers rely on us in the moments that matter. Engineering delivers on that promise. 

Principal Engineer - Java - Remote

Chicago
2 days ago
+48
Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN) is a leader in risk and compliance solutions, providing insightful technology, industry expertise and data insights to clients across the globe. We’re here to help you make smarter decisions with insightful technology, industry expertise and data insights at every stage of your business and investment lifecycles. As markets fluctuate, regulations evolve and technology advances, we’re there. And through it all,

Principal Engineer (Big Data Pipeline)

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+55
As a Staff Big Data Engineer you will lead, design, implement, and maintain big data pipelines responsible for aggregating tens of billions of daily transactions. You will lead the entire software development lifecycle including hands-on development, code reviews, testing, and deployment for streaming, batch ETL and RESTful APIs. You will be using cutting edge Big Data technologies on cloud platforms.  As a senior contributor, you will help guide, mentor, and provide technical leadership to junior team members. 

Principal Software Engineer Salary ranges

The most common Principal Software Engineer salary in Chicago is between $140k - $150k.

Average Principal Software Engineer Salary by Company Size

People with the job title Principal Software Engineer make the most at companies with 1,000+ employees, earning $169,900 on average.

Principal Software Engineer Salary by gender

The average Principal Software Engineer salary for women is $142,000 and the average Principal Software Engineer salary for men is $159,068.

Principal Software Engineer Salary by Years of Experience

The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer with 7+ years of experience is $162,194.

Average Dev + Engineer salaries in Chicago

Job Title Average Salary Salary Range
QA Analyst $72,671
Min: $42K
Max: $120K
Junior Software Engineer $84,436
Min: $63K
Max: $130K
QA Engineer $87,626
Min: $0K
Max: $135K
Software Test Engineer $91,482
Min: $55K
Max: $140K
Android Developer $95,869
Min: $60K
Max: $152K
Front End Developer $99,195
Min: $55K
Max: $240K
iOS Developer $103,319
Min: $52K
Max: $160K
Software Engineer $106,059
Min: $60K
Max: $165K
Automation Engineer $107,125
Min: $65K
Max: $240K
Security Engineer $113,208
Min: $80K
Max: $160K
Sales Engineer $113,645
Min: $55K
Max: $220K
Game Developer $114,600
Min: $85K
Max: $136K
Salesforce Developer $115,740
Min: $66K
Max: $197K
Site Reliability Engineer $115,778
Min: $85K
Max: $150K
Data Engineer $117,938
Min: $65K
Max: $180K
DevOps Engineer $119,212
Min: $75K
Max: $170K
Systems Engineer $122,421
Min: $65K
Max: $190K
QA Manager $123,615
Min: $78K
Max: $170K
Senior Software Engineer $133,994
Min: $90K
Max: $200K
Lead Software Engineer $136,186
Min: $95K
Max: $175K
Database Administrator $136,333
Min: $95K
Max: $166K
Data Architect $143,330
Min: $68K
Max: $215K
Engineering Manager $150,530
Min: $77K
Max: $221K
Hardware Engineer $153,722
Min: $85K
Max: $253K
Machine Learning Engineer $154,833
Min: $125K
Max: $220K
Principal Software Engineer $156,611
Min: $120K
Max: $225K
Data Engineering Manager $161,523
Min: $110K
Max: $210K
Director of Software Engineering $182,943
Min: $130K
Max: $275K
CTO (Chief Technology Officer) $200,907
Min: $110K
Max: $310K
Vice President of Engineering $203,121
Min: $125K
Max: $500K

Skills that affect Principal Software Engineer salaries in Chicago

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Java
1% have this skill
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Javascript
1% have this skill
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Linux
1% have this skill
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DevOps
1% have this skill
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SQL
1% have this skill
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Python
1% have this skill

Recent Principal Software Engineer salaries in Chicago

$185,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Engineer reported a yearly salary of $185,000 with +$18,500 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
11-50 Employees
Chicago
$149,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $149,000 with +$10,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$156,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $156,000
5-7 Years of Experience
Male
11-50 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$122,000
Yearly Salary
A Senior Principal Tech Lead reported a yearly salary of $122,000
5-7 Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$157,500
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $157,500
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$190,000
Yearly Salary
A Cloud Application Architect reported a yearly salary of $190,000
7+ Years of Experience
Prefer not to say
201-500 Employees
Chicago
$220,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $220,000 with +$45,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
1,000+ Employees
Chicago
$167,500
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $167,500 with +$3,768,750 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
1,000+ Employees
Chicago
$135,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $135,000
7+ Years of Experience
Prefer not to say
1,000+ Employees
Chicago
$167,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Enginer reported a yearly salary of $167,000 with +$16,700 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
1,000+ Employees
Chicago
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