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Senior Principal Engineer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$132,000
$104,000
$132,000
$168,000
The average senior principal engineer makes about $132,865 per year. That's $63.88 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $104,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $168,000. Many of senior principal engineers seem to be drawn to technology and health care companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case senior principal engineers tend to work at telecommunication, pharmaceutical, and technology companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Delaware, Maryland and California pay senior principal engineers the highest salaries.
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Map of Senior Principal Engineer Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Senior Principal Engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Senior Principal Engineer Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a senior principal engineer is roughly $132,865 per year, which boils down to $63.88 per hour. Interestingly enough, senior principal engineers have the highest salaries in Washington, DC at about $159,922 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Washington, DC is $107,000. Additionally, senior principal engineers make more than the average salary in San Francisco, CA, Baltimore, MD, McLean, VA, Houston, TX, and Boston, MA. On a more broad level, senior principal engineer salaries are highest in Delaware, Maryland, California, New Mexico, Virginia, New Jersey, and Texas. On the contrary, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa offer the lowest senior principal engineer salaries.

City
Average Salary
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$159,922
$160k
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$158,232
$158k
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$149,822
$150k
McLean, VA
McLean, VA
$146,865
$147k
Houston, TX
Houston, TX
$141,627
$142k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$139,479
$139k
Chandler, AZ
Chandler, AZ
$137,971
$138k
Nashua, NH
Nashua, NH
$137,850
$138k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$137,110
$137k
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
$131,170
$131k

High Paying Senior Principal Engineer Jobs

Average Senior Principal Engineer Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a senior principal engineer, working for Infosys Public Services or Accenture Federal Services might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Dell and CB Richard Ellis Memphis report highly competitive salaries for senior principal engineers.

Company
Average Salary
$159,557
$160k
$152,563
$153k
$150,808
$151k
$150,211
$150k
$148,140
$148k

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    Average Senior Principal Engineer Pay By Industry

    Senior principal engineer salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with telecommunication, pharmaceutical, and technology companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a senior principal engineer can make a yearly salary of $147,811 while working for telecommunication companies. All the while, other senior principal engineers are making $145,845 at pharmaceutical companies and $131,197 at technology companies. One industry senior principal engineers may want to avoid is the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $124,749.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Telecommunication
    Telecommunication
    $147,811
    $148k
    Pharmaceutical
    Pharmaceutical
    $145,845
    $146k
    Technology
    Technology
    $131,197
    $131k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $124,749
    $125k

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