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How Much Does a Principal Systems Engineer Earn In The United States?

Average Yearly Salary
Updated December 31, 2020
$127,000
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$127,000
$160,000
Principal systems engineers in the United States make an average salary of $127,645 per year or $61.37 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $101,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $160,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Washington, Nebraska, Nevada, and Alaska provide the highest principal systems engineer salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Seattle, WA
$153,615
Bellevue, NE
$140,086
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Where Principal Systems Engineers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where principal systems engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Principal Systems Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a principal systems engineer is roughly $127,645 per year, which boils down to $61.37 per hour. Interestingly enough, principal systems engineers have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $165,332 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $114,000. Additionally, principal systems engineers make more than the average salary in Seattle, WA, Bellevue, NE, Portland, OR, New York, NY, and Annapolis, MD. On a more broad level, principal systems engineer salaries are highest in California, Washington, Nebraska, Nevada, Alaska, Oregon, and New Jersey. On the contrary, Idaho, West Virginia, and Wisconsin offer the lowest principal systems engineer salaries.
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range136k - 200k$165k$165,332

Seattle, WA

Salary Range130k - 180k$154k$153,615

Bellevue, NE

Salary Range119k - 163k$140k$140,086

Portland, OR

Salary Range116k - 162k$138k$137,587

New York, NY

Salary Range112k - 161k$135k$134,691

Annapolis, MD

Salary Range110k - 161k$134k$133,575

Austin, TX

Salary Range110k - 155k$131k$130,803

Ridgefield, CT

Salary Range106k - 152k$128k$127,611

Tucson, AZ

Salary Range102k - 148k$123k$123,356

Melbourne, FL

Salary Range100k - 144k$121k$120,743
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High Paying Principal Systems Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Principal Systems Engineers The Most?

To earn a high income as a principal systems engineer, working for Jacobs Engineering Group or Symantec might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Nvidia and Dell report highly competitive salaries for principal systems engineers.
Company
Average Salary
Jacobs Engineering Group
Salary Range151k - 200k$174k$174,014
Symantec
Salary Range149k - 198k$173k$172,622
Nvidia
Salary Range149k - 198k$172k$172,250
Dell
Salary Range147k - 196k$170k$170,071
Western Digital
Salary Range146k - 194k$169k$168,627
Qualcomm
Salary Range135k - 181k$156k$156,459
MaxLinear
Salary Range143k - 166k$155k$154,621
Elbit Systems of America
Salary Range142k - 164k$153k$152,937
iRobot
Salary Range142k - 163k$153k$152,593
Applied Computer Online Services
Salary Range141k - 163k$152k$152,073
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    How Experience Affects Principal Systems Engineer Salaries

    The salary for a principal systems engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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