Principal Systems Engineer Salary

The average pay for a Principal Systems Engineer is $117,504 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$86,621 - $150,817
(Median)
$87K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $117,504
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$47.62 - $95.58
(Median)
$48
$65
$96
MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$86,621 - $150,817  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,083  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $11,875  
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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$89,155 - $159,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$47.62 - $95.58  
   
Overtime
$29.44 - $74.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,083  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $11,875  
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).
)
$89,155 - $159,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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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Experience Affects Principal Systems Engineer Salaries



National Average
$123,000



Skills That Affect Principal Systems Engineer Salaries



System Architecture
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Engineering Design
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Technical Analysis
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Systems Engineering
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Project Management
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National Average
$123,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 2%
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