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

$141,022
Avg. Salary
$15,000
Bonus
$7,500
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The average salary for a Principal Mechanical Engineer with Engineering Design skills in San Jose, California is $141,022.
10%
$118k
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$141k
50%
$175k
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MEDIAN $141,022
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Salary
$118k - $175k
Bonus
$4k - $22k
Profit Sharing
$0 - $8k
Total Pay
$119k - $192k

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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.

Career Paths

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Principal Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Principal Mechanical Engineer

Skills in Product Development, Project Management, Technical Analysis 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).

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Mechanical Engineer

A mid-career Principal Mechanical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $133,800 based on 6 salaries. An experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $139,709 based on 12 salaries.
Employees with .NET Software Developer / Programmer in these locations earn less than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Salt Lake City, Utah (28.8% less), Minneapolis, Minnesota (23.8% less) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (18.0% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 18 survey responses.
Mid Career
33.3%
Experienced
66.7%