Principal Software Engineer salary in Chicago

Average Base Salary in Chicago

$152,694
$27,480
Additional Cash Compensation
$180,174
Total Compensation
Median: $153K
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 $152,694. The average additional cash compensation for a Principal Software Engineer in Chicago is $27,480. The average total compensation for a Principal Software Engineer in Chicago is $180,174. 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
1 week ago
+47
JOB DUTIES: Responsibilities of the incumbents are across functional lines with individuals assigned in new program development and/or maintenance of existing mobile, WEB, Cloud, server, personal computer, mainframe, and/or distributed computing systems. This individual will also work collaboratively with other engineering teams to ensure cross-functional goals are met.

Principal Software Engineer - Streaming Data

Remote
2 weeks ago
+54
As a Principal Software Engineer – Streaming Data, you will provide senior level engineering leadership to build products that will support our streaming data pipelines and other real-time based solutions.  You will be on the cutting edge of finding and integrating new technologies/platforms to be used by a large community of companywide engineers.  We are looking for a talented individual that is strong technically, creative, and can work across many new technologies.   As a principal, you will be expected to lead the R&D of new solutions, influence others and must be able to operate without prescriptive directives from management.

Principal Software Engineer - Full Stack

North Suburbs
2 weeks ago
+54
Develops and maintains full stack solutions to fit business needs. Full stack solutions require one or more of the following: front-end (user interfaces), back-end (APIs), database and devops development. Works directly with business partners to understand business requirements. Independently innovates on and advocates for best practices within the team, and collaborates on them across the enterprise. Carries a holistic view of all products and their interactions to design complex solutions and plan for how new projects will fit into the larger ecosystem.  Solves complex technical problems. Guides team implementation of solutions from inception to production.

Senior Principal Software Engineer – Full Stack

North Suburbs
2 days ago
+54
Develops and maintains full stack solutions to fit business needs. Full stack solutions require on or more of the following: front-end (user interfaces), back-end (APIs), database and DevOps development. Works directly with business partners to understand business requirements. Independently innovates on and advocates for best practices within the team, and collaborates on them across the enterprise. Carries a holistic view of all products and their interactions to design complex solutions and plan for how new projects will fit into the larger ecosystem. Solves complex technical problems. Guides team in implementation of solutions from inception to production.

Senior Principal Software Engineer - Full Stack

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+54
Develops and maintains full stack solutions to fit business needs. Full stack solutions require one or more of the following: front-end (user interfaces), back-end (APIs), database and devops development. Works directly with business partners to understand business requirements. Independently innovates on and advocates for best practices within the team, and collaborates on them across the enterprise. Carries a holistic view of all products and their interactions to design complex solutions and plan for how new projects will fit into the larger ecosystem.  Solves complex technical problems. Guides team implementation of solutions from inception to production.

Interactive Tech Lead

Chicago
1 week 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. Reporting to the Associate Director of Interactive Technology, 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 Software Engineer

Chicago
1 week ago
+51
You can read the bullets below. But they almost always look the same, right?  Here is the deal – being a principle engineer here at DFIN means helping us deliver SaaS software solutions for our customers that primarily work with the SEC or other global regulating bodies. Our products are in demand because we solve regulatory problems for our customers. As a principle engineer, you'll own projects end to end, write code that others will look towards as a standard, understand how we operate our systems and make sure our technology grows and doesn't become a big pile of tech debt.

Principal Software Engineer

Remote
2 weeks ago
+31
As a Principal Software Engineer on the product team, which is focused on the customer and driver experience, you'll get to build highly scalable backend services to deliver the best freight shipping experience in the universe. The ideal candidate for this role should have experience designing, building, and iterating on scalable back-end systems and critical business logic. We're looking for an engineer who shares our passion for delighting customers with incredible software. Our team works in a collaborative, fast-paced environment, so great communication skills and a willingness to take risks & push boundaries are a must.

Principal Software Engineer

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+55
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 thinker, motivator that empowers a team. You will succeed in an Agile environment and will be process- and technology-improvement oriented. The Principal Software Engineer will be an important contributor to our Product Development team, serving as an expert in the group and as a mentor to their team. You will report to the VP of Engineering.

Principal Software Engineer (Health Activity)

Chicago
13 hours ago
+30
Architect, build, and ship scalable systems, libraries, and frameworks. Guide overall technical vision and architecture. Evaluate new technologies. Mentor engineers and keep the engineering bar high. Be involved in the software lifecycle, from requirements gathering to development, testing and releasing code. Write high-quality, fault tolerant code and employ programming techniques to ensure 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
6 days ago
+30
About the Team: Care solutions lets people find, price, schedule, prepare, recover and pay for care, and rewards them for choosing the appropriate care (medical, medication, dental, vision, behavioral & DME). You will report to the Engineering Manager. You Will: Architect and build scalable systems, libraries, and frameworks Write backend code using Scala Contribute to frontend code stack in React Develop APIs and web microservices Integrate

Senior/Principal Software Engineer, Data

Chicago
1 week ago
+30
Architect and lead technology of large scale and high traffic data warehouse platform. Conceive, design, develop and deploy the data architecture and data models from scratch. Collaborate across business units (BI, Product, Reporting) to develop data warehouse platform vision, strategy, and roadmap. Train and mentor the team in data modeling and data quality related processes and standards.

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 $155,675.

Principal Software Engineer Salary by Years of Experience

The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer with 7+ years of experience is $157,253.

Average Dev + Engineer salaries in Chicago

Job Title Average Salary Salary Range
QA Analyst $72,908
Min: $42K
Max: $120K
Junior Software Engineer $81,647
Min: $63K
Max: $112K
QA Engineer $85,953
Min: $0K
Max: $135K
Software Test Engineer $90,155
Min: $55K
Max: $120K
Android Developer $95,039
Min: $60K
Max: $152K
Front End Developer $99,586
Min: $55K
Max: $240K
iOS Developer $103,514
Min: $52K
Max: $160K
Automation Engineer $106,362
Min: $65K
Max: $240K
Software Engineer $107,899
Min: $60K
Max: $248K
Security Engineer $110,641
Min: $80K
Max: $150K
Sales Engineer $113,684
Min: $55K
Max: $220K
Salesforce Developer $115,354
Min: $66K
Max: $197K
Site Reliability Engineer $116,857
Min: $90K
Max: $150K
Game Developer $118,250
Min: $85K
Max: $136K
Data Engineer $118,979
Min: $65K
Max: $180K
DevOps Engineer $119,520
Min: $75K
Max: $170K
QA Manager $121,960
Min: $78K
Max: $170K
Systems Engineer $124,278
Min: $65K
Max: $190K
Senior Software Engineer $133,889
Min: $90K
Max: $185K
Database Administrator $135,143
Min: $95K
Max: $166K
Lead Software Engineer $138,537
Min: $102K
Max: $175K
Data Architect $140,356
Min: $68K
Max: $215K
Engineering Manager $148,869
Min: $77K
Max: $221K
Machine Learning Engineer $156,250
Min: $125K
Max: $220K
Principal Software Engineer $156,313
Min: $120K
Max: $225K
Data Engineering Manager $161,175
Min: $110K
Max: $210K
Hardware Engineer $164,786
Min: $85K
Max: $253K
Director of Software Engineering $182,390
Min: $133K
Max: $275K
CTO (Chief Technology Officer) $199,694
Min: $110K
Max: $310K
Vice President of Engineering $204,198
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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Python
1% have this skill
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SQL
1% have this skill
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Node.js
0% have this skill

Recent Principal Software Engineer salaries in 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
$127,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $127,000 with +$3,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$155,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $155,000 with +$22,500 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
201-500 Employees
Chicago
$160,000
Yearly Salary
A Solutions Architect reported a yearly salary of $160,000 with +$57,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
1,000+ Employees
Chicago
$175,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Software Engineer reported a yearly salary of $175,000 with +$35,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
501-1,000 Employees
Chicago
$205,000
Yearly Salary
A Principal Engineer reported a yearly salary of $205,000 with +$30,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Prefer not to say
501-1,000 Employees
Chicago
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