Principal Engineer, Structural Salary

Generous salaries abound for Structural Principal Engineers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($118K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $29K, respectively — total cash payment to Structural Principal Engineers can bottom out near $92K or peak near $177K depending on individual performance. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Structural Principal Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority.

$86,579 - $160,893
$87K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $117,942
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50%
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$46.29 - $79.55
$67
MEDIAN: $67.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$86,579 - $160,893  
   
Bonus
$1,932 - $24,688  
Profit Sharing
$2,909 - $29,268  
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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$91,850 - $177,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$67.25  
   
Overtime
$55.90 - $88.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,932 - $24,688  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,909 - $29,268  
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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$91,850 - $177,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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.

Common Career Paths for Principal Engineer, Structural


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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 $103K per year.

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Popular Skills for Principal Engineer, Structural


Structural Principal Engineers seem to require a number of specific 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 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include autodesk autocad. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $123,515

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Structural Principal Engineers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 11 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Principal Engineer, Structural

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
42%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

▲8%

▼0%

National Average
$124,000

Mid-Career
▼15%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries


▲4%




STAAD
▼0%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▼0%

National Average
$124,000

Engineering Design
▼1%

AutoCAD
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 12%
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