Principal Engineer, Structural Salary

Structural Principal Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $116K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $24K and $29K, respectively — total cash payment to Structural Principal Engineers can bottom out near $91K or peak near $177K depending on individual performance. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Structural Principal Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$83,173 - $160,987
$83K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $118,048
10%
50%
90%

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$55.00 - $79.10
$67
MEDIAN: $67.17
50%

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$0$174K
Salary $83,173 - $160,987
Bonus $1,468 - $23,814
Profit Sharing $2,936 - $29,032
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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$90,132 - $174,690
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 140
Hourly Data $0$88
Hourly Rate $67.17
Overtime $46.59 - $88.83
Annual Data $0$174K
Bonus $1,468 - $23,814
Profit Sharing $2,936 - $29,032
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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$90,132 - $174,690
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 9

Job Description for Principal Engineer, Structural

The primary responsibilities of a principal structural engineer include designing new telecommunication sites, designing new equipment load frames and antenna support structures, and determining the nature and scope of projects. They are also in charge of evaluating existing structures and certifying their integrity, as well as preparing structural plans, calculations and specifications. Additionally, principal structural engineers must communicate with customers, clients, and product suppliers, as well as oversee and manage projects and project staff.

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Principal Engineer, Structural Tasks

  • Analyze evaluations and quality assessments for proper implementation of programs, systems specifications and quality standards.
  • Analyze feed, product or equipment specifications and performance requirements to determine appropriate designs and processes.
  • Assist with analysis, evaluation and assessment leading to development of recommendations for system and process improvements.

Common Career Paths for Principal Engineer, Structural


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Many Structural Principal Engineers transition into upper-level roles like Design Engineering Manager. However, Design Engineering Managers do report a slightly lower median income of $103K per year.

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Popular Skills for Principal Engineer, Structural


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Pro/Engineer, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $123,270

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Structural Principal Engineers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Principal Engineer, Structural

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
49%

Experience Affects Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$123,000

Mid-Career
▼14%

Skills That Affect Principal Engineer, Structural Salaries


▲4%



Engineering Design
▼0%


STAAD
▼0%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▼0%

National Average
$123,000

AutoCAD
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 12%