Principal Electrical Engineer Salary (United States)

A Principal Electrical Engineer earns an average salary of $114,123 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Principal Electrical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$85,448 - $148,668
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MEDIAN: $114,123
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Principal Electrical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$30.75 - $97.29
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MEDIAN: $58.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$85,448 - $148,668  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $17,002  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$87,352 - $162,274  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 692
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$30.75 - $97.29  
   
Overtime
$1.43 - $80.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,273  
   
Profit Sharing
$985 - $17,002  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$87,352 - $162,274  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 692
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Job Description for Principal Electrical Engineer

A principal electrical engineer oversees electrical-related building or design projects within their organization, as well as oversees a staff of junior engineers who work in their planning and execution. The principal electrical engineer serves in a project manager capacity, regularly inspecting and reviewing the work being done, noting any needed corrections or adjustments. For many building and design firms, the principal engineer also performs cost forecasting, projections, and estimations; these are essential to provide clients with an accurate assessment of costs. It then falls to the principal electrical engineer to ensure the project comes in at (or near) the forecasted cost.
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Principal Electrical Engineer Tasks
  • Develop, design, and test electrical devices.
  • Develop policies and procedures for use of the created products.
  • Manage all aspects Electrical Engineering projects from beginning phases until completion.

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Pay by Experience Level for Principal Electrical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Santa Clara
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San Jose
up arrow 22%
Boulder
up arrow 13%
Houston
up arrow 12%
Seattle
up arrow 7%
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Austin
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National Average
$120,000
Minneapolis
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Tucson
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Dallas
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Milwaukee
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Pittsburgh
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Experience Affects Principal Electrical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$120,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Skills That Affect Principal Electrical Engineer Salaries

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Engineering Design
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National Average
$120,000
Simulation
up arrow 1%
Project Management
up arrow 2%
Systems Engineering
up arrow 2%
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Software Development
up arrow 4%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%
Controls
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%
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