The average salary for a Principal Mechanical Engineer is $108,600 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Principal Mechanical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$83,435 - $137,838
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MEDIAN: $108,599
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Principal Mechanical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$45.49 - $93.31
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MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$83,435 - $137,838  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,592  
Profit Sharing
$793 - $12,000  
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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$86,740 - $147,290  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 534
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$45.49 - $93.31  
   
Overtime
$46.19 - $80.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,592  
   
Profit Sharing
$793 - $12,000  
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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$86,740 - $147,290  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 534
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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 Difference By Location
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Experience Affects Principal Mechanical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$115,000

Skills That Affect Principal Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Pro/Engineer
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$115,000
SolidWorks
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ANSYS
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Microsoft Office
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Simulation
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Technical Analysis
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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
17%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
40%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%
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