Principal Engineer, Structural Salary

On average, Structural Principal Engineers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($117K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $18K, respectively — total cash payment to Structural Principal Engineers can bottom out near $88K or peak near $171K depending on individual performance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Structural Principal Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage.

$85,640 - $157,252
(Median)
$86K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $116,907
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50%
90%

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$25.53 - $97.87
(Median)
$26
$59
$98
MEDIAN: $59.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$85,640 - $157,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,426  
Profit Sharing
$4,897 - $18,000  
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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$87,648 - $170,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$25.53 - $97.87  
   
Overtime
$1.30 - $82.86  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,426  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,897 - $18,000  
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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$87,648 - $170,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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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Although many Structural Principal Engineers transition into Design Engineering Manager roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $102K.

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Popular Skills for Principal Engineer, Structural


Structural Principal Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know AutoCAD.

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Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries



National Average
$123,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$123,000

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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