Experienced Principal Electrical Engineer Salary

Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers see excellent average salaries — about $116K annually. Total cash earnings of Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers range from $95K on the low end to $158K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $21K and $19K, respectively. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$91,820 - $147,764
MEDIAN: $116,379

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National Salary Data (?
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$91,820 - $147,764  
$498.33 - $20,597  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $19,268  
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).
$95,189 - $157,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 379
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $123,722

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For Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+8 percent), Houston (+5 percent), Boston (+4 percent), and Irvine (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 17 percent below the national average.

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Skills That Affect Principal Electrical Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Office
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Board Design / Debug
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Microsoft Excel
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Engineering Design
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Systems Engineering

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)

Software Development

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Project Management
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.


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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 5%