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Principal Engineer, Structural Salary

Compensation for Structural Principal Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($113K). With some bonuses approaching $26K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $19K, overall incomes of Structural Principal Engineers spread between $80K and $165K depending on individual performance. For the most part, Structural Principal Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$77,415 - $151,719
(Median)
$77K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $112,564
10%
50%
90%

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$26.00 - $81.77
(Median)
$26
$55
$82
MEDIAN: $55.00
10%
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
$77,415 - $151,719  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,507  
Profit Sharing
$4,874 - $19,000  
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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$80,487 - $165,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate 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$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$26.00 - $81.77  
   
Overtime
$1.30 - $82.86  
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 - $25,507  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,874 - $19,000  
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).
)
$80,487 - $165,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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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 Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pro/Engineer, Project Management, and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in AutoCAD.

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Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries


National Average
$118,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 5%

National Average
$118,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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