Principal Systems Engineer Salary (United States)

A Principal Systems Engineer earns an average salary of $115,906 per year. A skill in Software Development is associated with high pay for this job. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Principal Systems Engineer Total Pay (?
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$86,912 - $149,633
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MEDIAN: $115,905
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Principal Systems Engineer Total Pay (?
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$46.84 - $93.81
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MEDIAN: $66.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$86,912 - $149,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,789  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $11,886  
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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$89,302 - $158,224  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 897
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$46.84 - $93.81  
   
Overtime
$29.36 - $68.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,789  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $11,886  
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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$89,302 - $158,224  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 897
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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
San Jose
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Boulder
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San Diego
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Irvine
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Boston
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Arlington
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Cedar Rapids
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Melbourne
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Denver
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National Average
$122,000
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Los Angeles
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Washington
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Minneapolis
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Huntsville
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Atlanta
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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

Technical Analysis
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Systems Engineering
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System Architecture
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Engineering Design
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Project Management
0%
National Average
$122,000
Requirements Analysis
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Linux
up arrow 17%
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Gender
Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
0%
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: 82% employee benefits None: 2%
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