The average salary for a Principal Electrical Engineer with Engineering Design skills is $126,965.
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Job Description for Principal Electrical Engineer
A principal electrical engineer oversees electrical-related building or design projects within their organization, as well as oversees a staff of junior engineers who work in their planning and execution. The principal electrical engineer serves in a project manager capacity, regularly inspecting and reviewing the work being done, noting any needed corrections or adjustments. For many building and design firms, the principal engineer also performs cost forecasting, projections, and estimations; …Read more
Principal Electrical Engineer Tasks
- Manage all aspects Electrical Engineering projects from beginning phases until completion.
- Develop policies and procedures for use of the created products.
- Develop, design, and test electrical devices.
Popular Employer Salaries for Principal Electrical Engineer
The top respondents for the job title Principal Electrical Engineer are from the companies Raytheon Missile Systems, Raytheon Co. and Littelfuse Incorporated. Reported salaries are highest at Raytheon Co. where the average pay is $133,305. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Raytheon Missile Systems and Littelfuse Incorporated, earning around $129,166 and $127,404, respectively. Northrop Grumman Corporation pays the lowest at around $93,598. BAE Systems Inc. and Bechtel Bettis also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $106,167 and $108,090, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Principal Electrical Engineer
Board Design / Debug
Skills in Board Design / Debug and Simulation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Design, Project Management and Systems Engineering.
Pay by Experience Level for Principal Electrical Engineer
An early career Principal Electrical Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $97,995 based on 10 salaries. A mid-career Principal Electrical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $120,169 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Principal Electrical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $125,132 based on 246 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $133,415.
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Employees with Principal Electrical Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 26.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (6.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota (7.8% less), Seattle, Washington (4.3% less) and Houston, Texas (3.8% less).
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