Average Senior Principal Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Principal Engineer is $144,092.
MEDIAN $144,092
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$111k - $198k

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Job Description for Senior Principal Engineer

Senior Principal Engineer Tasks
  • Oversee engineering projects using both technical engineering and administrative skills.
  • Responsible for making sure financial restraints are followed and for timely completion of the project.
  • Plan and implement the design specifications for the engineering project.
The top respondents for the job title Senior Principal Engineer are from the companies Raytheon Co., BAE Systems Inc. and Dell, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Broadcom Corporation where the average pay is $166,891. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Cadence Design Systems Inc. and Raytheon Co., earning around $162,500 and $157,183, respectively. Northrop Grumman Corporation pays the lowest at around $127,648. Dell, Inc. and BAE Systems Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $136,708 and $141,710, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Principal Engineer

Skills in Engineering Design, Technical Analysis and Systems Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Product Development and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Principal Engineer

An early career Senior Principal Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $122,208 based on 17 salaries. A mid-career Senior Principal Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $122,064 based on 105 salaries. An experienced Senior Principal Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $141,282 based on 525 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $149,587.
Employees with Senior Principal Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 19.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (14.4% more) and Santa Clara, California (11.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Diego, California (5.6% less).

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