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Chicago

Principal Software Engineer salary in Chicago

Average Base Salary in Chicago

$149,541
$28,429
Additional Cash Compensation
$177,970
Total Compensation
Median: $150K
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 $149,541. The average additional cash compensation for a Principal Software Engineer in Chicago is $28,429. The average total compensation for a Principal Software Engineer in Chicago is $177,970. Principal Software Engineer salaries are based on responses gathered by Built In Chicago from anonymous Principal Software Engineer employees in Chicago.

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Principal Software Engineer jobs in Chicago

Principal Software Engineer

Chicago
5 days ago
+15
As a Principal Engineer, you will be responsible for the architecture of our workflow and engagement platform that is changing the way clinicians engage with patients. This role requires a strong competency in both backend and frontend designs and implementations using custom and native API’s as well as Javascript and related technologies on the Salesforce platform. Principal Engineers provide technical leadership, have a passion for learning and tinkering with new tech, and a strong desire to coach others.

Principal Software Engineer (Advocacy)

Chicago
1 week ago
+25
Architect, build and ship highly scalable systems, libraries, and frameworks. Drive overall technical vision and architecture. Lead evaluation of new technologies. Mentor engineers and keep the engineering bar high. Be involved in all aspects of the software lifecycle, from requirements gathering to development, testing and releasing code. Write high quality, fault tolerant code and employ defensive programming techniques to enable distributed transactions and guaranteed message delivery. Partner with product management and engineering leadership to bring innovative technology and solutions to solve healthcare problems.

Principal Software Engineer (Care Solutions)

Chicago
5 days ago
+25
You will architect, build and ship highly scalable systems, libraries, and frameworks. You will write backend code using primarily Scala. You will contribute to frontend code stack in React.

Senior/Principal Software Engineer, UI (Advocacy)

Chicago
1 week ago
+25
Rally Health is looking for UI Engineers with modern JavaScript and React experience to build and improve our web and mobile apps. Join our diverse team of industry experts and help revolutionize the face of health care using the latest technologies. Help us democratize health care and improve the wellness for millions of users through the devices they use every day.

Principal Software Engineer

Chicago
2 days ago
+38
The Principal Software Engineer at GoHealth will be a lead role in designing high-performing, scalable, web-based software solutions that handle a high volume of transactions each day. The ideal Principal Software Engineer will be a creative and strategic thinker, an effective motivator and experienced leader. This person will be able to thrive in an Agile environment and will be process- and technology-improvement oriented. The Principal Software Engineer will be an integral part of our Product Development team, serving as a thought leader in the group and as a mentor to their team.

Principal Software Engineer - iOS

Chicago
5 days ago
+46
Build state of the art systems that have real revenue-generating impact. Be creative and experiment with new solutions while also being pragmatic and committed to code optimization, maintainability, and quality that can scale to a large user base. Help define our development environment, and communicate the best development practices within the organization (code reviews, testing, lighting talks, etc). Develop and implement distributed systems using best practices and tools - including documentation and evangelism. Work closely with other teams (business partners, Product, and UX) to drive product development. Own everything from development through to production, including AWS assets. Lead discussions and contribute to technical architecture decisions. Mentor more junior engineers.

Principal Software Engineer - Frontend

Chicago
5 days ago
+46
Build state of the art systems that have real revenue-generating impact. Be creative and experiment with new solutions while also being pragmatic and committed to code optimization, maintainability, and quality that can scale to a large user base. Help define our development environment, and communicate the best development practices within the organization (code reviews, testing, lighting talks, etc). Develop and implement distributed systems using best practices and tools - including documentation and evangelism. Work closely with other teams (business partners, Product, and UX) to drive product development. Own everything from development through to production, including AWS assets. Lead discussions and contribute to technical architecture decisions. Mentor more junior engineers.

Principal Software Engineer - Backend

Chicago
5 days ago
+46
Build state of the art systems that have real revenue-generating impact. Be creative and experiment with new solutions while also being pragmatic and committed to code optimization, maintainability, and quality that can scale to a large user base. Help define our development environment, and communicate the best development practices within the organization (code reviews, testing, lighting talks, etc). Develop and implement distributed systems using best practices and tools - including documentation and evangelism. Work closely with other teams (business partners, Product, and UX) to drive product development. Own everything from development through to production, including AWS assets. Lead discussions and contribute to technical architecture decisions. Mentor more junior engineers.

PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+38
Principal Software Engineer will participate in all stages of Caterpillar’s state-of-the-art digital platform software development, including refining product vision, gathering requirements, project planning, software system design, coding, testing, release, deployment and support. This individual will also work collaboratively with other engineering teams to ensure cross-functional goals are met.

Principal Software Engineer - Full-stack

Chicago
5 days ago
+46
Build state of the art systems that have real revenue-generating impact. Be creative and experiment with new solutions while also being pragmatic and committed to code optimization, maintainability, and quality that can scale to a large user base. Help define our development environment, and communicate the best development practices within the organization (code reviews, testing, lighting talks, etc). Develop and implement distributed systems using best practices and tools - including documentation and evangelism. Work closely with other teams (business partners, Product, and UX) to drive product development. Own everything from development through to production, including AWS assets. Lead discussions and contribute to technical architecture decisions. Mentor more junior engineers.

Principal Engineer

Chicago
1 week ago
+27
Collaborating with the CTO to set and champion the technical vision of the company. Owning various strategic initiatives. Guiding team-level architectural decisions and cross-pollinating ideas across teams. Cultivating new ideas into roadmap-worthy projects through proofs of concept, reference implementations, and research. Mentoring and coaching devs. Creating, communicating, defending, and evolving a strong perspective on our conceptual models / data model.

Principal Engineer (Java)

Chicago
1 day ago
+43
We are looking for a passionate Principal Engineer with extensive hands-on experience in building scalable distributed systems. This person will be a team leader, mentor and drive small teams using agile process in our server-cloud team for our flagship products that helps over 3000 clients collaborate and manage documents efficiently as well as securely. You will play a leading role in the architecture, development, and deployment of critical, large scale products. Because of our commitment to CI/CD, we are using some cutting-edge technologies like RxJava, Docker, Storm, Elasticsearch, MariaDB and more. We encourage our employees to collaborate and build great relationships globally. Our leadership team cares about every individual holistically, on a personal and professional level.

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 11-50 employees, earning $155,000 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 $156,063.

Principal Software Engineer Salary by Years of Experience

The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer with 7+ years of experience is $155,802.

Average Dev + Engineer salaries in Chicago

Job Title Average Salary Salary Range
QA Analyst $71,717
Min: $42K
Max: $93K
QA Engineer $78,065
Min: $50K
Max: $110K
Software Test Engineer $90,435
Min: $70K
Max: $120K
Front End Developer $90,484
Min: $55K
Max: $133K
Android Developer $96,077
Min: $65K
Max: $122K
iOS Developer $100,848
Min: $52K
Max: $160K
Automation Engineer $102,783
Min: $65K
Max: $240K
Software Engineer $103,447
Min: $73K
Max: $155K
Salesforce Developer $107,647
Min: $66K
Max: $135K
Security Engineer $109,214
Min: $80K
Max: $135K
Sales Engineer $110,673
Min: $55K
Max: $160K
DevOps Engineer $113,368
Min: $75K
Max: $170K
Data Engineer $115,380
Min: $70K
Max: $165K
QA Manager $121,381
Min: $78K
Max: $170K
Senior Software Engineer $129,532
Min: $89K
Max: $180K
Data Architect $137,094
Min: $68K
Max: $190K
Engineering Manager $145,460
Min: $101K
Max: $206K
Principal Software Engineer $149,541
Min: $120K
Max: $225K
Director of Software Engineering $179,741
Min: $140K
Max: $240K
CTO (Chief Technology Officer) $201,920
Min: $110K
Max: $310K
Vice President of Engineering $208,526
Min: $125K
Max: $500K

Skills that affect Principal Software Engineer salaries in Chicago

1
Java
2% have this skill
2
Javascript
1% have this skill
3
Linux
1% have this skill
4
SQL
1% have this skill
5
Node.js
1% have this skill
6
Security
1% have this skill

Recent Principal Software Engineer salaries in Chicago

$176,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $176,000 with +$35,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Prefer not to say
500+ Employees
Chicago
$145,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $145,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
500+ Employees
Chicago
$225,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $225,000 with +$90,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
500+ Employees
Chicago
$130,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $130,000 with +$10,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
500+ Employees
Chicago
$145,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $145,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$132,825
Yearly Salary
A Lead Engineer reported a yearly salary of $132,825
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$146,000
Yearly Salary
A Solution Architect reported a yearly salary of $146,000 with +$10,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Prefer not to say
500+ Employees
Chicago
$210,000
Yearly Salary
A Staff Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $210,000 with +$60,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
500+ Employees
Chicago
$155,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Architect reported a yearly salary of $155,000 with +$25,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
500+ Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$155,000
Yearly Salary
A Staff Engineer reported a yearly salary of $155,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
11-50 Employees
Chicago
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