Principal Engineer, Structural Salary

Generous salaries abound for Structural Principal Engineers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($112K) per year. Final cash compensation to Structural Principal Engineers varies from around $80K to approximately $165K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $25K and $18K, respectively. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$77,528 - $152,193
(Median)
$78K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $112,023
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50%
90%

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$25.60 - $96.96
(Median)
$26
$55
$97
MEDIAN: $55.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,528 - $152,193  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,382  
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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$80,340 - $165,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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 (?
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,382  
   
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).
)
$80,340 - $165,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.

Common Career Paths for Principal Engineer, Structural


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Structural Principal Engineers often transition into a Design Engineering Manager position. Design Engineering Managers report a slightly lower median income of $102K.

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Popular Skills for Principal Engineer, Structural


Survey results show that Structural Principal Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pro/Engineer, Microsoft Excel, 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
$118,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 5%

National Average
$118,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 12%
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