Average Experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer with Project Management Skills Salary in San Diego, California

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The average salary for an Experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer with Project Management skills in San Diego, California is $129,891.
MEDIAN $129,891
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$122k - $135k
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$127k - $139k

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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.

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Popular Skills for Principal Mechanical Engineer

Skills in Engineering Design and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Product Development.
Employees with Principal Mechanical Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 10.1% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Salt Lake City, Utah (20.8% less), Chandler, Arizona (18.7% less) and Carlsbad, California (14.5% less).

Years of Experience

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Late Career