Principal Engineer, Structural Salary

Structural Principal Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $113K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $25K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $18K, overall incomes of Structural Principal Engineers spread between $81K and $166K depending on individual performance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Structural Principal Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$78,461 - $152,279
(Median)
$78K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,072
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$25.60 - $96.96
(Median)
$26
$55
$97
MEDIAN: $55.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$78,461 - $152,279  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,434  
Profit Sharing
$4,867 - $17,617  
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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$80,990 - $165,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$25.60 - $96.96  
   
Overtime
$1.21 - $83.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,434  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,867 - $17,617  
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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$80,990 - $165,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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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Structural Principal Engineers who take on a higher-level position such as Design Engineering Manager may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Design Engineering Managers on average bring home $102K.

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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 Engineering Design, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pro/Engineer, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know AutoCAD.

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Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries


National Average
$119,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

National Average
$119,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 6%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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