Average Principal Mechanical Engineer with Engineering Design Skills Salary in San Diego, California

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The average salary for a Principal Mechanical Engineer with Engineering Design skills in San Diego, California is $131,316.
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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 that pay less than market rate include Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Technical Analysis, Product Development and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Mechanical Engineer

An experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $131,883 based on 7 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $133,946.
Employees with Principal Mechanical Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 8.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (0.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Salt Lake City, Utah (23.6% less), Minneapolis, Minnesota (19.1% less) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (10.1% less).

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