Six-figure salaries are the norm for Structural Principal Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $119K per year. Overall cash earnings of Structural Principal Engineers stretch from $95K near the bottom to $176K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $26K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Structural Principal Engineers is high.

$89,440 - $167,256
(Median)
$89K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $119,363
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$44.71 - $79.33
(Median)
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$60
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MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$89,440 - $167,256  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,814  
Profit Sharing
$3,394 - $25,760  
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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$94,852 - $175,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$59.60  
   
Overtime
$56.74 - $87.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,814  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,394 - $25,760  
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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$94,852 - $175,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Job Description for Principal Engineer, Structural

The primary responsibilities of a principal structural engineer include designing new telecommunication sites, designing new equipment load frames and antenna support structures, and determining the nature and scope of projects. They are also in charge of evaluating existing structures and certifying their integrity, as well as preparing structural plans, calculations and specifications. Additionally, principal structural engineers must communicate with customers, clients, and product suppliers, as well as oversee and manage projects and project staff.

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Principal Engineer, Structural Tasks

  • Assist with analysis, evaluation and assessment leading to development of recommendations for system and process improvements.
  • Analyze feed, product or equipment specifications and performance requirements to determine appropriate designs and processes.
  • Analyze evaluations and quality assessments for proper implementation of programs, systems specifications and quality standards.

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Many Structural Principal Engineers transition into upper-level roles like Design Engineering Manager. However, Design Engineering Managers do report a slightly lower median income of $102K per year.

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Popular Skills for Principal Engineer, Structural


Structural Principal Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Pro/Engineer, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include autodesk autocad. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in AutoCAD.

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Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries



National Average
$124,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
0%

National Average
$124,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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