A Principal Electrical Engineer earns an average salary of $112,271 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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$84,342 - $146,613
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MEDIAN: $112,270
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Principal Electrical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$30.44 - $98.39
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MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$84,342 - $146,613  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,716  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $16,732  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$86,282 - $159,697  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 625
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$30.44 - $98.39  
   
Overtime
$0.26 - $76.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,716  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $16,732  
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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$86,282 - $159,697  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 625
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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 Difference By Location
Sunnyvale
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Boulder
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San Jose
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San Diego
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Boston
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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National Average
$117,000
Manchester
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Tucson
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Minneapolis
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Albany
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Houston
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Pittsburgh
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Milwaukee
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Experience Affects Principal Electrical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$117,000

Skills That Affect Principal Electrical Engineer Salaries

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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Engineering Design
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Simulation
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Project Management
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National Average
$117,000
Microsoft Office
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Software Development
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Controls
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Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
49%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%
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