Principal Engineer, Structural Salary

Structural Principal Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $117K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Structural Principal Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $93K and $177K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $25K and $29K, respectively. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$88,522 - $168,987
$89K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $116,817
10%
50%
90%

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$45.50 - $78.61
$61
MEDIAN: $60.65
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$88,522 - $168,987  
   
Bonus
$986 - $24,666  
Profit Sharing
$2,891 - $29,380  
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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$92,592 - $176,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$60.65  
   
Overtime
$56.25 - $88.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$986 - $24,666  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,891 - $29,380  
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).
)
$92,592 - $176,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Pro/Engineer, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $122,492

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

For Structural Principal Engineers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 10 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Principal Engineer, Structural

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

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
45%
20 years or more
43%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$122,000

Mid-Career
▼14%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries


▲5%




STAAD
▲1%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▲1%

Engineering Design
▼0%

AutoCAD
▼0%

National Average
$122,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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