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Principal Mechanical Engineer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Principal Mechanical Engineer is $109,446 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Principal Mechanical Engineer Salary (?
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$84,213 - $139,713
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $109,446
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Principal Mechanical Engineer Salary (?
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$44.84 - $87.02
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MEDIAN: $62.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$84,213 - $139,713  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,302  
Profit Sharing
$789 - $13,115  
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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$86,994 - $149,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 684
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$44.84 - $87.02  
   
Overtime
$42.63 - $86.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,302  
   
Profit Sharing
$789 - $13,115  
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).
)
$86,994 - $149,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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Job Description for Principal Mechanical Engineer

Principal mechanical engineers are responsible for providing effective mechanical solutions to company equipment. They are in charge of fixing industrial machinery that is needed for production. In addition, they also maintain parts, as well as an accurate inventory of production accessories. They take a leadership role in servicing equipment and supervise work performance of other engineers. Most of the time, principal mechanical engineers are on the production floor making sure all company machinery is working up to standards. They also follow strict safety conditions and use safety goggles and steel toe boots to avoid accidents. Principal mechanical engineers assist in the correction of manufacturing issues and design problems. They also help with other servicing activities such as procedure development and analysis methods.
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Principal Mechanical Engineer Tasks
  • Manage time and cost to complete projects.
  • Research design and make decisions based on appearance, safety, budget, and function.
  • Manage all aspects Mechanical Engineering projects from beginning phases until completion.

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Pay by Experience Level for Principal Mechanical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Irvine
up arrow 21%
San Jose
up arrow 18%
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Boston
up arrow 10%
Seattle
up arrow 8%
Minneapolis
up arrow 3%
National Average
$115,000
San Diego
up arrow 1%
Huntsville
up arrow 7%
Detroit
up arrow 13%
Pittsburgh
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Experience Affects Principal Mechanical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$115,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

Skills That Affect Principal Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%
Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%
National Average
$115,000
Technical Analysis
up arrow 1%
SolidWorks
up arrow 1%
Simulation
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%
ANSYS
up arrow 4%
Product Development
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 5%