The average pay for a Principal Systems Engineer is $115,490 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Principal Systems Engineer Total Pay (?
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$87,804 - $148,944
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MEDIAN: $115,489
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Principal Systems Engineer Total Pay (?
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$46.43 - $85.38
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MEDIAN: $65.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$87,804 - $148,944  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,541  
Profit Sharing
$884 - $12,203  
Commission
$0.00 - $33,573  
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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$89,937 - $158,018  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 790
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$46.43 - $85.38  
   
Overtime
$29.31 - $69.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,541  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $33,573  
Profit Sharing
$884 - $12,203  
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).
)
$89,937 - $158,018  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 790
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Job Description for Principal Systems Engineer
Principal systems engineers are engineers that lead a group of other engineers in technical projects. Their primary job goal is to analyze all parts of a system and make sure each component is acting as it should. They do some physical work on the systems they oversee; however, the majority of their time and effort is spent analyzing systems and delegating tasks to their team members. Many different types of companies hire principal systems engineers, including the government, security, defense, and technology organizations.
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Principal Systems Engineer Tasks
  • Develop, configure and oversee the upgrade, enhancements and fixes of applicable systems.
  • May also interact with customers, make business assessments and mentor other engineers.
  • Plan, develop and lead systems engineering projects and efforts.
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Pay Difference By Location
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Arlington
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National Average
$122,000
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Experience Affects Principal Systems Engineer Salaries

National Average
$122,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Principal Systems Engineer Salaries

Systems Engineering
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System Architecture
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Technical Analysis
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Requirements Analysis
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Engineering Design
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Project Management
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National Average
$122,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
38%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 93%
vision benefits Vision: 83% employee benefits None: 2%
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