Principal Mechanical Engineer Salary

The average salary for a Principal Mechanical Engineer is $114,460 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$91,023 - $141,988
$91K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $114,460
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$52.38 - $70.47
$65
MEDIAN: $65.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$91,023 - $141,988  
   
Bonus
$505 - $19,956  
Profit Sharing
$959 - $13,217  
Total Pay (?
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$94,861 - $149,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$65.00  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $105.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$505 - $19,956  
   
Profit Sharing
$959 - $13,217  
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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$94,861 - $149,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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 all aspects Mechanical Engineering projects from beginning phases until completion.
  • Research design and make decisions based on appearance, safety, budget, and function.
  • Manage time and cost to complete projects.

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Pay by Experience Level for Principal Mechanical Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Principal Mechanical Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Principal Mechanical Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 21 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Principal Mechanical Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 111 salaries. An experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $119,000 based on 262 salaries. A Principal Mechanical Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $126,000 based on 198 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $118,532

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Principal Mechanical Engineer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Principal Mechanical Engineer?

Principal Mechanical Engineer in Lemont:
"Absence of career path."
Straight out of college I took a position in R&D with a govt. Lab instead of positions in the corporate world assuming that this position offered the opportunity for career advancement. After having spent 15+ years with contributions totaling to over 20 Million, with fairly substantial technical contributions, I realize that there is a glass ceiling.

Principal Mechanical Engineer in Minneapolis:
"Be in charge of your own development."
Don't wait for someone to give you development opportunities; seek them out aggressively.

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Key Stats for Principal Mechanical Engineer

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
39%
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Experience Affects Principal Mechanical Engineer Salaries

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National Average
$119,000

▼12%

Entry-Level
▼18%

Skills That Affect Principal Mechanical Engineer Salaries


▲4%

▲4%

▲2%


Project Management
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Microsoft Office
▼0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼0%

National Average
$119,000




▼2%

Microsoft Excel
▼11%

Microsoft Word
▼12%

Matlab
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 4%