Principal Software Engineer Salary Chicago: Updated 2018 | Built In Chicago
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Chicago
Chicago

Principal Software Engineer salary in Chicago

Average Base Salary in Chicago

$142,077
$2,000
Additional Cash Compensation
$144,077
Total Compensation
Median: $142K
Min: $120K
Max: $155K

How Much Does a Principal Software Engineer Make in Chicago?

The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer in Chicago is $142,077. The average additional cash compensation for a Principal Software Engineer in Chicago is $2,000. The average total compensation for a Principal Software Engineer in Chicago is $144,077. Principal Software Engineer salaries are based on responses gathered by Built In Chicago from anonymous Principal Software Engineer employees in Chicago.

Chicago by the numbers

5,118
Total number of Tech companies in Chicago
131,729
Total number of tech users on Built In Chicago
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Chicago Companies with the Highest Dev + Engineer Salaries

+24
Mobile, Software
Marketing Tech, Software
+11
Consumer Web, Fintech

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 $147,667.

Principal Software Engineer Salary by Years of Experience

The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer with 7+ years of experience is $146,857.

Average Dev + Engineer salaries in Chicago

Job Title Average Salary Salary Range
QA Analyst $70,239
Min: $42K
Max: $93K
QA Engineer $75,273
Min: $50K
Max: $106K
Software Test Engineer $90,700
Min: $72K
Max: $120K
Front End Developer $94,470
Min: $70K
Max: $133K
Android Developer $98,250
Min: $85K
Max: $110K
Software Engineer $100,063
Min: $60K
Max: $150K
iOS Developer $100,111
Min: $52K
Max: $160K
Automation Engineer $105,235
Min: $65K
Max: $240K
DevOps Engineer $107,600
Min: $75K
Max: $130K
Salesforce Developer $107,647
Min: $66K
Max: $135K
Data Engineer $111,940
Min: $70K
Max: $145K
Security Engineer $112,783
Min: $84K
Max: $135K
Sales Engineer $113,043
Min: $55K
Max: $160K
QA Manager $122,000
Min: $86K
Max: $170K
Senior Software Engineer $124,650
Min: $85K
Max: $180K
Data Architect $136,250
Min: $114K
Max: $165K
Principal Software Engineer $142,077
Min: $120K
Max: $155K
Engineering Manager $144,713
Min: $122K
Max: $165K
Director of Software Engineering $174,286
Min: $110K
Max: $221K
CTO (Chief Technology Officer) $204,700
Min: $110K
Max: $310K
Vice President of Engineering $212,281
Min: $125K
Max: $500K

Principal Software Engineer jobs in Chicago
9

Principal Software Engineer

Chicago
1 day ago
+16
At Morningstar, helping investors is what brings us together and drives our work. You will have product ownership and responsibility for ensuring process and quality adherence through peer reviews, code reviews, test coverage and best practices. You will act as the software guardian, owning non-functional requirements, architectural direction, and the quality of the code while addressing technical debt. Every day, you’ll work with team members across disciplines developing products for investors. You’ll interact daily with our product managers to understand our domain and create technical solutions that push us forward. We want to work with other engineers who bring knowledge and excitement about our opportunities. These positions are based in our Chicago office. 

Principal Engineer (Java)

Chicago
1 week ago
+14
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 Engineer (C++)

Chicago
3 weeks ago
+14
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-onprem team for our flagship products that helps over 4000 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 C++, Azure, windows, SQL Server 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 Engineer (Java & REST API)

Chicago
1 week ago
+14
You will play a leading role in the architecture, development, and deployment of critical, large scale products. We are committed to CI/CD and we are using modern 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

Chicago
2 days ago
+20
The Principal Software Engineer will be designing high-performing, scalable, web based software solutions that must handle a high volume of transactions each day. This is a lead role and we are looking for a candidate to bring passion and dedication to this position. The ideal Principal Software Engineer will be a great motivator who can thrive in an Agile environment. We are looking for an individual with a consistent drive to find ways to improve processes, technology, and fellow employees.

Principal Software Engineer

Chicago
1 week ago
+23
As a Principal Engineer, you’ll be responsible for the architecture of a complex analytics platform that is already changing the way large industrial companies manage their assets. A Principal Engineer understands cutting-edge tools and frameworks, and is able to determine what the best tools are for any given task. You will enable and work with our other developers to use cutting-edge technologies in the fields of distributed systems, data ingestion and mapping, and machine learning, to name a few. We also strongly encourage Principal Engineers to tinker with existing tools, and to stay up to date and test new technologies—all with the aim of ensuring that our existing systems don’t stagnate or deteriorate.

Principal Software Engineer in Test

Chicago
6 days ago
+28
We’re looking for an experienced principal Engineer in Test to develop and own our test automation strategy and standards. We have an amazing QA engineering team that is hard at work writing automated tests based on tests cases and requirements provided. The principal Engineer in Test would create test standards and provide direction for our engineers throughout the tech organization.

Principal Engineer

Chicago
2 days ago
+16
Play a leading role in the design, development and deployment of critical, large scale products including new product launches. Proactively get involved resolving production issues and outages regardless of the products affected. When leading an effort you follow up with all parties involved to verify the issue has been resolved and communicate with external groups. Keep up to date with trends in the industry and how it could impact our architecture. Actively work with the members of your team to increase the knowledge and improve the quality of their work product. Mentor junior team members on the best coding techniques and how/why coding standards fit into architecture goals. Educate team members how to diagnose and resolve production issues, teach them how to use our toolset to identify and resolve those issues. Work closely with Product Managers to translate business needs into technical architecture. Advise on competing technologies and patterns in order to build consensus around common solutions across the engineering organization.

Principal Engineer

Chicago
1 week ago
+15
Design and develop high-volume, high-performance, high-availability Java applications using proven Java frameworks and technology: Be a strong advocate for best design practices. Lead efforts to design and implement new systems including infrastructure to support continuous deployment. Meet aggressive deadlines, proactively communicating status and roadblocks. Provide technical advice to Engineers and help raise the bar of the team. Contribute in defining the team’s technical strategy and advising on technical challenges: Identify opportunities for improvement and spearhead changes. Play an influential role in growing project44 to the industry leader in technology. Strong desire to build products that will have a daily impact on one of the World’s largest industries. Play an influential role in growing project44 to the industry leader in technology.

Recent Principal Software Engineer salaries in Chicago

$155,000
Yearly Salary
A Staff Engineer reported a yearly salary of $155,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
11-50 Employees
Chicago
$142,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $142,000
7+ Years of Experience
Female
201-500 Employees
Chicago
$144,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $144,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
500+ Employees
Chicago
$150,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $150,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$143,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $143,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
201-500 Employees
Chicago
$146,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $146,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
201-500 Employees
Chicago
$148,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $148,000 with +$3,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
500+ Employees
Chicago
$149,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Consulant reported a yearly salary of $149,000 with +$1,000 in additional cash compensation
500+ Employees
Chicago
$141,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $141,000
500+ Employees
Chicago
$120,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $120,000
500+ Employees
Chicago
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