The average pay for a Principal Systems Engineer is $122,121 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$92,348 - $154,156
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$92K
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MEDIAN: $122,120
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$53.08 - $101.99
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MEDIAN: $66.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$92,348 - $154,156  
   
Bonus
$502 - $20,169  
Profit Sharing
$698 - $10,256  
Commission
$26,500  
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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$94,674 - $162,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 659
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$53.08 - $101.99  
   
Overtime
$45.21 - $101.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$502 - $20,169  
   
Commission
$26,500  
Profit Sharing
$698 - $10,256  
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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$94,674 - $162,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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

National Average: $128,529

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Experience Affects Principal Systems Engineer Salaries



National Average
$129,000



Skills That Affect Principal Systems Engineer Salaries

System Architecture
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Engineering Design
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Software Development
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National Average
$129,000

System Integration
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Project Management
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Technical Analysis
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Systems Engineering
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Requirements Analysis
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Linux
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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