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Experienced Principal Electrical Engineer Salary

Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers see excellent average salaries — about $115K annually. Cash earnings of Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers can occasionally include $20K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $91K to almost $154K. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$88,431 - $145,981
MEDIAN: $114,575

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$88,431 - $145,981  
$97.87 - $19,867  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $19,581  
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).
$90,690 - $153,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 361

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Pay Difference by Location

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers, 26 percent above the national average. Experienced Principal Electrical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+13 percent) and Seattle (+11 percent).

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Skills That Affect Experienced Principal Electrical Engineer Salaries

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Board Design / Debug
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Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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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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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.


7 %
93 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%