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Principal Engineer, Structural Salary

Salaries for Structural Principal Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. In the world of Structural Principal Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $79K and $165K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $25K and $20K, respectively. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Structural Principal Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$74,526 - $151,091
(Median)
$75K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $110,622
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50%
90%

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$26.00 - $81.77
(Median)
$26
$55
$82
MEDIAN: $55.00
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50%
90%

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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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$74,526 - $151,091  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,411  
Profit Sharing
$4,835 - $20,000  
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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$78,658 - $165,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$26.00 - $81.77  
   
Overtime
$1.14 - $83.29  
National Annualized 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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,411  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,835 - $20,000  
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).
)
$78,658 - $165,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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 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 $102K a year.

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Popular Skills for Principal Engineer, Structural


Survey results suggest that Structural Principal Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Pro/Engineer, and Project Management. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in AutoCAD.

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Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries


National Average
$116,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

National Average
$116,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%