Experienced Principal Electrical Engineer Salary

Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($117K) annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K each, total incomes of Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers generally range from $94K to $158K depending on individual performance. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$90,680 - $147,850
MEDIAN: $116,840

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National Salary Data (?
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$90,680 - $147,850  
$-0.47 - $20,234  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $19,675  
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).
$93,522 - $157,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379
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Pay Difference by Location

For Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+13 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Boston (+4 percent), and Irvine (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh.

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Board Design / Debug
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Microsoft Excel
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Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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Microsoft Office
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Engineering Design
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Systems Engineering
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Software Development
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Project Management

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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.


5 %
95 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%