Principal Engineer, Structural Salary

Wages for Structural Principal Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($114K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $18K, respectively — total cash payment to Structural Principal Engineers can bottom out near $82K or peak near $166K depending on individual performance. Job satisfaction for Structural Principal Engineers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$80,354 - $152,486

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$25.60 - $96.96

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$80,354 - $152,486  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,492  
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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$82,181 - $166,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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 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 - $25,492  
   
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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$82,181 - $166,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Many Structural Principal Engineers move into Design Engineering Manager roles. Design Engineering Managers seem to make a little less than Structural Principal Engineers as their salaries average out to $102K a year.

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Popular Skills for Principal Engineer, Structural


Survey results imply that Structural Principal Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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
$119,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

National Average
$119,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 6%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%
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