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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 $113K) surpassing six figures annually. Final cash compensation to Structural Principal Engineers varies from around $74K to approximately $160K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $25K and $21K, respectively. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Structural Principal Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.
$71,659 - $148,353
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $107,259
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$26.86 - $79.98
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MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,659 - $148,353  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,681  
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $20,608  
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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$74,234 - $160,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$26.86 - $79.98  
   
Overtime
$1.30 - $82.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,681  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $20,608  
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).
)
$74,234 - $160,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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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Structural Principal Engineers who go on to become Design Engineering Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Design Engineering Manager, an upper-level role, pays $102K.

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Popular Skills for Principal Engineer, Structural


Structural Principal Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Pro/Engineer, Project Management, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know AutoCAD.

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Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries


National Average
$113,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 6%

National Average
$113,000

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%

AutoCAD
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%