Senior Principal Engineer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Senior Principal Engineer is $126,273 per year. A skill in Engineering Design, Semiconductor is associated with high pay for this job. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Senior Principal Engineer Total Pay (?
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$95,903 - $159,618
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MEDIAN: $126,273
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Senior Principal Engineer Total Pay (?
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$47.67 - $78.32
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MEDIAN: $63.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$95,903 - $159,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,172  
Profit Sharing
$802 - $14,825  
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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$99,215 - $171,051  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 705
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$47.67 - $78.32  
   
Overtime
$54.60 - $103.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,172  
   
Profit Sharing
$802 - $14,825  
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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$99,215 - $171,051  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 705
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Job Description for Senior Principal Engineer
A senior principal engineer oversees engineering projects for their organization or business. They may be employed within the electrical, mechanical, computer, civil, or chemical engineering profession. The role of a senior principal engineer is generally similar through all the industries in which they are employed. Responsibilities may include coordinating hiring, training and scheduling; preparing progress reports that are to presented to upper-level management throughout the project's duration; providing guidance and managing the engineering teams working on that project; ensuring the project is completed on time and on budget. and providing technical and program-level support, including execution strategies.
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Senior Principal Engineer Tasks
  • Plan and implement the design specifications for the engineering project.
  • Responsible for making sure financial restraints are followed and for timely completion of the project.
  • Oversee engineering projects using both technical engineering and administrative skills.
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Pay Difference By Location
Santa Clara
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San Jose
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Orlando
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Boston
up arrow 11%
Los Angeles
up arrow 10%
San Diego
up arrow 9%
Washington
up arrow 6%
El Segundo
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Houston
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Tucson
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National Average
$133,000
Irvine
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Minneapolis
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Austin
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Huntsville
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Phoenix
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Senior Principal Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Principal Engineer at Western Digital Corporation?
Senior Principal Engineer in Fremont:
"Culture get better, but low pay and hard to get promotion."
Pros: Money is OK, still need someone to get job done.
Cons: Promotion is hard, unless to play politics.
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Experience Affects Senior Principal Engineer Salaries

National Average
$133,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Senior Principal Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design, Semiconductor
up arrow 22%
Systems Engineering
up arrow 5%
Research Analysis
up arrow 4%
Software Development
up arrow 2%
Engineering Design
up arrow 1%
Project Management
up arrow 1%
Technical Analysis
up arrow 1%
National Average
$133,000
Product Development
up arrow 2%
Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 8%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 182 votes.
Gender
Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
49%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 5%
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