Average Principal Mechanical Engineer with Engineering Design Skills Salary

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The average salary for a Principal Mechanical Engineer with Engineering Design skills is $118,170.
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Job Description for Principal Mechanical Engineer

Principal Mechanical Engineer Tasks
  • Manage all aspects Mechanical Engineering projects from beginning phases until completion.
  • Research design and make decisions based on appearance, safety, budget, and function.
  • Manage time and cost to complete projects.
The top respondents for the job title Principal Mechanical Engineer are from the companies Curtiss-Wright Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Honeywell Aerospace. Reported salaries are highest at Northrop Grumman Corporation where the average pay is $125,448. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Raytheon Missile Systems and Honeywell International Inc, earning around $124,666 and $122,103, respectively. Orbital Sciences Corporation pays the lowest at around $105,103. Honeywell Aerospace and Bechtel Bettis also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $115,951 and $118,918, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Principal Mechanical Engineer

Skills in Technical Analysis, Product Development and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Mechanical Engineer

An early career Principal Mechanical Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $98,114 based on 11 salaries. A mid-career Principal Mechanical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $104,211 based on 85 salaries. An experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $118,453 based on 244 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $122,932.
Employees with Principal Mechanical Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 22.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (11.4% more) and San Diego, California (11.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Salt Lake City, Utah (15.1% less) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (10.1% less).

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