Average Late-Career Principal Electrical Engineer with Engineering Design Skills Salary

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The average salary for a Late-Career Principal Electrical Engineer with Engineering Design skills is $132,607.
MEDIAN $132,607
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$108k - $168k
$993 - $25k
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$50 - $20k
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$109k - $185k

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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 Systems Engineering, Design and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management and Board Design / Debug.

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. An experienced Principal Electrical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $124,902 based on 228 salaries.
Employees with Principal Electrical Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 24.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (15.1% more) and Houston, Texas (10.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (12.6% less) and Seattle, Washington (2.1% less).

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