PRINCIPAL ENGINEER SALARY

Average Yearly Salary
$113,000
$86,000
Min 10%
$113,000
Median 50%
$147,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nvidia
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Average Experience Level
4.9 years
How much does a principal engineer make?
The national average salary for a Principal Engineer in the United States is $113,208 per year or $54.43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $86,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $147,000. Internet companies and Technology companies have the most job opportunities for Principal Engineers. The best states for high paying Principal Engineer jobs are Washington, California, Nevada, Utah, and Oregon. The typical tenure for a Principal Engineer is 4.9 years.

Average Principal Engineer Salary By Company

Principal Engineers report their job security as good. Just as in every field, some employers pay higher wages than others. The most abundant employment opportunities for Principal Engineers are in Internet companies and Technology companies. Nvidia and McDermott International are the highest paying companies. Companies like Google and Coinbase also pay high salaries to their Principal Engineers.

Average Principal Engineer Salary By Location

Principal Engineers in the US makes an average salary of $113,208 per year or $54.43 per hour. The top city when it comes to Principal Engineer salaries is San Francisco, CA at $137,996 per year. The average starting salary in San Francisco, CA for Principal Engineers is $94,000. Some of the states with the best Principal Engineer salaries are Washington, California, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Texas, and Louisiana. Tennessee, Vermont, North Dakota, Kentucky, and West Virginia are at the bottom for competitive pay.
RankCityAverage Salary
1
San Francisco, CA
$137,996
2
Seattle, WA
$124,334
3
Houston, TX
$121,841
4
New York, NY
$113,869
5
Boston, MA
$112,425

Average Principal Engineer Salary By Industry

Wages for Principal Engineers can differ based on the industry they work in. Our analysis shows that Technology companies, Professional companies, and Automotive companies pay higher-than-average wages for Principal Engineers. Salaries for Principal Engineers in Technology companies average $123,830 annually, while Professional companies and Automotive companies pay $121,666 and $119,850, respectively. The types of companies that pay Principal Engineers the least are in the Manufacturing industry, where the average annual salary is $106,272.
RankIndustryAverage Salary
1
Technology
$123,830
2
Professional
$121,666
3
Automotive
$119,850
4
Internet
$109,306
5
Manufacturing
$106,272

RECENTLY ADDED Principal Engineer SALARIES

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
Talentpro Consulting
Principal Engineer
10/31/2019
$104,350
Cybercoders
Principal Engineer
10/30/2019
$100,000
Amgen Inc.
Principal Engineer
10/29/2019
$300,000
Randstad
Principal Engineer
10/28/2019
$150,000
City of Sioux Falls
Principal Engineer
10/28/2019
$145,464
Intelletec
Principal Engineer
10/27/2019
$200,000
Cybercoders
Principal Engineer
10/26/2019
$190,000
Workbridge Associates
Principal Engineer
10/25/2019
$160,000
State of Wyoming
Principal Engineer
10/25/2019
$69,352
Workbridge Associates
Principal Engineer
10/25/2019
$160,000
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