Principal Engineer, Structural Salary

Average pay for a Structural Principal Engineer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $117K per year. Total cash compensation for Structural Principal Engineers runs from $92K to $171K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $25K and profit sharing that can reach almost $30K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$88,073 - $161,491
$88K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $117,466
10%
50%
90%

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$45.50 - $78.61
$61
MEDIAN: $60.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$88,073 - $161,491  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $24,913  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $29,716  
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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$92,301 - $171,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$60.65  
   
Overtime
$56.25 - $88.22  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $24,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $29,716  
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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$92,301 - $171,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Principal Engineer, Structural


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Many Structural Principal Engineers move into Design Engineering Manager roles. Design Engineering Managers seem to make a little less than Structural Principal Engineers as their salaries average out to $103K a year.

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Popular Skills for Principal Engineer, Structural


Structural Principal Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include autodesk autocad. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know AutoCAD.

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Key Stats for Principal Engineer, Structural

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
42%
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Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

▲9%

▼0%

National Average
$123,000

Mid-Career
▼14%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲9%

Pro/Engineer
▲6%

Microsoft Word
▲4%

Microsoft Excel
▲2%

Project Management
▲1%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▲1%

Engineering Design
▼0%

AutoCAD
▼0%

National Average
$123,000

autodesk autocad
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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