Updated August 18, 2021
Average Senior Principal Engineer Salary
$122,000 yearly
$58.78 hourly

Entry level Salary
$92,000 yearly
$92,000
10 %
$122,000
Median
$161,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$161,000$13,417$77
75th Percentile$141,000$11,750$68
Average$122,270$10,189$59
25th Percentile$105,000$8,750$50
10th Percentile$92,000$7,667$44

Average Senior Principal Engineer Salary By State

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Senior Principal Engineer average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$104,858$50.411,141
Alaska$143,935$69.20172
Arizona$131,453$63.202,262
Arkansas$111,013$53.37591
California$137,822$66.2615,428
Colorado$115,101$55.342,717
Connecticut$121,149$58.241,042
Delaware$124,647$59.93430
District of Columbia$142,239$68.38965
Florida$107,723$51.794,159
Georgia$106,915$51.402,564
Hawaii$124,412$59.81217
Idaho$109,885$52.83527
Illinois$111,059$53.393,742
Indiana$93,515$44.961,630
Iowa$98,045$47.14723
Kansas$104,842$50.40723
Kentucky$90,581$43.55652
Louisiana$118,680$57.06444
Maine$118,342$56.90248
Maryland$121,020$58.183,013
Massachusetts$128,394$61.734,010
Michigan$118,970$57.201,892
Minnesota$95,345$45.842,311
Mississippi$106,727$51.31244
Missouri$101,422$48.761,254
Montana$82,396$39.61420
Nebraska$100,575$48.35616
Nevada$120,645$58.00613
New Hampshire$128,255$61.66671
New Jersey$123,227$59.242,198
New Mexico$129,845$62.43528
New York$134,115$64.484,617
North Carolina$110,698$53.223,134
North Dakota$86,953$41.80223
Ohio$104,729$50.352,531
Oklahoma$127,018$61.07412
Oregon$116,698$56.102,323
Pennsylvania$117,235$56.363,436
Rhode Island$115,288$55.43467
South Carolina$107,738$51.80809
South Dakota$84,737$40.74181
Tennessee$106,420$51.16973
Texas$131,798$63.366,534
Utah$107,899$51.871,582
Vermont$137,245$65.98255
Virginia$122,755$59.024,929
Washington$120,854$58.103,630
West Virginia$105,549$50.74253
Wisconsin$101,181$48.641,250
Wyoming$102,545$49.30160

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Highest Paying Cities For Senior Principal Engineer

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
San Francisco, CA$146,462$70.41
Washington, DC$142,663$68.59
New York, NY$134,537$64.68
Austin, TX$133,338$64.10
Tempe, AZ$131,705$63.32
Framingham, MA$128,429$61.74

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How much does a Senior Principal Engineer make?

The average Senior Principal Engineer salary is $122,270 per year, or $58.78 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $92,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $161,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, California, Vermont, New York, and Texas provide the highest Senior Principal Engineer salaries.

Average Senior Principal Engineer Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$122,000$58.78+1.7%
    2021$120,000$57.78+2.0%
    2020$118,000$56.64+0.7%
    2019$117,000$56.24+0.6%
    2018$116,000$55.88+1.2%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Engineer

    Avg. salary: $78,492

    Engineers are highly trained professionals who determine the feasibility of various projects, usually related to the construction industry. They are considered experts in mathematics and science, two disciplines that they need to use in designing and coming up with plans for projects. They should also be well-versed in different construction or industrial materials, and they ensure that appropriate materials are used for the project. They also ensure that the projects meet the requirements of the groups that hired them. They create spaces that would both address the needs of the end-users and the industry standards. They also ensure that the projects they make would stand the test of time.
    575,530 Engineer Jobs
    Team Lead Engineer

    Avg. salary: $97,878

    A team leads engineer is in charge of spearheading and overseeing the efforts of an engineering team, ensuring efficiency and smooth workflow. Although the duties may depend on one's industry of employment, it typically includes designing and developing systems according to project requirements, setting objectives and construction guidelines, delegating tasks, managing budgets and schedules, and monitoring the workflow, performing corrective measures as needed. Furthermore, as a team leads engineer, it is essential to encourage the workforce to reach goals, all while enforcing the company's safety standards and regulations.
    208,782 Team Lead Engineer Jobs
    Staff Engineer

    Avg. salary: $85,130

    Staff engineers are responsible for designing, developing, and inspecting various products, equipment, or structures. These professionals may perform varied duties depending on their specialization that includes overseeing the design and construction of buildings, bridges, sewer systems, and other infrastructure, estimating the financial costs of construction projects, and ensuring compliance with health and safety laws and regulations. Other duties include designing and developing machinery, tools, and engines, solving design problems, and building the manufacturing equipment needed to create their products.
    315,821 Staff Engineer Jobs
    Research Engineer

    Avg. salary: $85,592

    Research Engineers are responsible for a wide range of duties, including researching and developing new technologies and prototypes, and finding solutions to improve techniques, procedures, and technologies.
    145,429 Research Engineer Jobs
    Integration Engineer

    Avg. salary: $92,133

    An integration engineer specializes in developing programs and projects to improve business systems for optimal processes. Their responsibilities revolve around meeting with clients to determine their needs, coordinating with analysts to identify the company's strengths and weaknesses, implementing various solutions for business processes, and performing corrective measures as needed. They must also respond to any issues or inquiries, resolving them promptly and professionally. Furthermore, an integration manager may perform clerical tasks such as processing and preparing documentation, performing presentations, and updating clients.
    91,482 Integration Engineer Jobs
    Lead Engineer

    Avg. salary: $70,536

    A lead engineer's duties vary on their line of work or industry of employment. Typically, their responsibilities will revolve around overseeing the progress of operations and performance of the workforce, ensuring that everything is running smoothly. They are also responsible for addressing issues and concerns, assessing risks, monitoring the budget, coordinating with clients and architects, and even training workers. Furthermore, as a lead engineer, it is crucial to conduct regular inspections to ensure the quality of work and maintain a safe environment for all workers.
    301,801 Lead Engineer Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Engineer$78,492$6,541$37.74575,530
    Team Lead Engineer$97,878$8,157$47.06208,782
    Staff Engineer$85,131$7,094$40.93315,821
    Research Engineer$85,593$7,133$41.15145,429
    Integration Engineer$92,134$7,678$44.3091,482
    Lead Engineer$70,536$5,878$33.91301,801
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    Recently Added Senior Principal Engineer Salaries

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    Average Senior Principal Engineer Salary by Demographic

    Senior Principal Engineer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $119,952
    female-income
    Female Income
    $120,419
    GenderIncome
    Male$119,952
    Female$120,419
    Median Senior Principal Engineer Income by Race
    Hispanic or Latino Senior Principal Engineers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino Senior Principal Engineers have the lowest average salary at $117,835.
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    $100,000
    $75,000
    $50,000
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    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$119,612
    Black or African American$119,890
    Asian$121,697
    Hispanic or Latino$121,893
    Average Senior Principal Engineer Salary by Education Level
    Senior Principal Engineers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $154,881 annually. With a Masters degree, Senior Principal Engineers earn a median annual income of $137,152 compared to $119,952 for Senior Principal Engineers with an Bachelors degree.
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    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    EducationSalary
    Bachelor's Degree$119,952
    Master's Degree$137,152
    Doctorate Degree$154,881