$125,319
Avg. Salary
$66.64
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$8,860

Bonus

$4,404

Profit Sharing

$33,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Principal Systems Engineer is $66.64 per hour.

The average pay for a Principal Systems Engineer is $125,319 per year.

$53.08
10%
$66.64
50%
$100.83
90%
MEDIAN $66.64
$91k
10%
$125k
50%
$160k
90%
MEDIAN $125,319
$91,213 - $160,374
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MEDIAN: $125,319
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90%

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$53.08 - $101
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MEDIAN: $66.64
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$0$172K
Salary $91,213 - $160,374
Bonus $1,025 - $21,040
Profit Sharing $970 - $13,091
Commission $33,000
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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$93,306 - $172,234
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,399
Hourly Data $0$100
Hourly Rate $53.08 - $101
Overtime $44.53 - $77.08
Annual Data $0$172K
Bonus $1,025 - $21,040
Commission $33,000
Profit Sharing $970 - $13,091
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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$93,306 - $172,234
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 35

Job Description for Principal Systems Engineer

Principal systems engineers are engineers that lead a group of other engineers in technical projects. Their primary job goal is to analyze all parts of a system and make sure each component is acting as it should. They do some physical work on the systems they oversee; however, the majority of their time and effort is spent analyzing systems and delegating tasks to their team members. Many different types of companies hire principal systems engineers, including the government, security, defense, and technology organizations.

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Principal Systems Engineer Tasks
  • Plan, develop and lead systems engineering projects and efforts.
  • May also interact with customers, make business assessments and mentor other engineers.
  • Develop, configure and oversee the upgrade, enhancements and fixes of applicable systems.

Principal Systems Engineer Pay By Employer

$0$199K

Raytheon Co.
66 profiles
$131,363

BAE Systems Inc.
26 profiles
$115,502

$124,186

$128,738

$117,832

$134,552

$113,623

$130,730

$122,084

Dell, Inc.
12 profiles
$117,516

Common Career Paths for Principal Systems Engineer


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Principal Systems Engineer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Principal Systems Engineer

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Systems Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Principal Systems Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Principal Systems Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 44 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Principal Systems Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 124 salaries. An experienced Principal Systems Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $132,000 based on 373 salaries. A Principal Systems Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $139,000 based on 260 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $131,536

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

Principal Systems Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Principal Systems Engineer?

Principal Systems Engineer in Huntsville:
"Great place to work."
Pros: Small town atmosphere
Cons: Traffic

Principal Systems Engineer in Waco:
"A rickety shopping cart. Gets you where your going but..."
Pros: I like the people most of all. The work can be as challenging as you wish. You can find your niche.
Cons: The culture. Engineering is always blamed. The chance for career advancement is limited. The lack of a five and ten year plan.

Principal Systems Engineer in Minneapolis:
"ReadMe."
Interdisciplinary skills are our core.

Principal Systems Engineer in Irvine:
"Strong job market."
Concentrate in the business needs.

Principal Systems Engineer in Detroit:
"Worth more than company things."
If you're good, you're worth more than they are paying you.

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Key Stats for Principal Systems Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 248 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
38%

Experience Affects Principal Systems Engineer Salaries

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$132,000

▼13%

▼37%

Skills That Affect Principal Systems Engineer Salaries



Engineering Design
▼0%

National Average
$132,000






▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 248 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 7%