Average Experienced Principal Electrical Engineer with Engineering Design Skills Salary

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The average salary for an Experienced Principal Electrical Engineer with Engineering Design skills is $124,902.
MEDIAN $124,902
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$101k - $155k
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$608 - $24k
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$103k - $166k

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Job Description for Principal Electrical Engineer

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.

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Popular Skills for Principal Electrical Engineer

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 $101,183 based on 8 salaries. A mid-career Principal Electrical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $118,494 based on 36 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $132,607.
Employees with Principal Electrical Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 23.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (6.1% more) and Tucson, Arizona (4.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota (6.0% less), Houston, Texas (5.6% less) and San Diego, California (2.5% less).

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