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Experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer Salary (United States)

On average, Experienced Principal Mechanical Engineers earn six-figure salaries ($115K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. With some bonuses approaching $17K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $11K, overall incomes of Experienced Principal Mechanical Engineers spread between $97K and $144K depending on individual performance. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly all collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer Salary (?
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$92,905 - $134,922
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MEDIAN: $109,421
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National Salary Data

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$92,905 - $134,922  
   
Bonus
$51.52 - $16,573  
Profit Sharing
$771 - $11,335  
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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$96,781 - $144,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 361
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Experienced Principal Mechanical Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Experienced Principal Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+20 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Minneapolis (+2 percent).
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Skills That Affect Experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Simulation
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Engineering Design
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$115,000
Microsoft Office
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ANSYS
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Pro/Engineer
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SolidWorks
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Technical Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 2%