Generous salaries abound for Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers , with average pay above six figures ($122K) per year. Cash earnings for Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers — including $22K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $100K to $166K depending on individual performance. Most Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$98,753 - $153,135
MEDIAN: $122,025

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$98,753 - $153,135  
$1,012 - $21,902  
Profit Sharing
$641 - $20,273  
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).
$100,008 - $165,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 258

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $127,994

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For Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+9 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), Austin (+3 percent), and Boston (+1 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers in Houston and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent less).

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Skills That Affect Principal Electrical Engineer Salaries

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Board Design / Debug

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)


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Engineering Design
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Systems Engineering
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Project Management
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Software Development
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.


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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 3%