Average Principal Systems Engineer with System Architecture Skills Salary

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The average salary for a Principal Systems Engineer with System Architecture skills is $130,918.
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$99k - $178k

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Job Description for Principal Systems Engineer

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.
The top respondents for the job title Principal Systems Engineer are from the companies Raytheon Co., Northrop Grumman Corporation and Raytheon Missile Systems. Reported salaries are highest at Raytheon Co. where the average pay is $137,290. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include L-3 Communications and Rockwell Collins, Inc., earning around $132,315 and $131,362, respectively. Honeywell International Inc pays the lowest at around $115,000. Dell, Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $116,070 and $118,191, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Principal Systems Engineer

Skills that pay less than market rate include Engineering Design, Project Management, System Integration, Requirements Analysis and Systems Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Systems Engineer

An early career Principal Systems Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $94,968 based on 21 salaries. A mid-career Principal Systems Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $112,770 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Principal Systems Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $130,956 based on 172 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $143,128.
Employees with Principal Systems Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 14.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (12.0% more) and Denver, Colorado (7.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in El Segundo, California (7.3% less) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (4.4% less).

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