Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Principal Engineer make?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

Experience

$168,335 / yrTotal Pay
$145,169 / yrBase Pay
$23,166 / yrAdditional Pay

$168,335

 / yr
$104K$343K
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The estimated total pay for a Principal Engineer is $168,335 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $145,169 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $23,166 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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What is the total pay trajectory for Principal Engineer?
$168,335 /yr
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$171,365 /yr
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What are some related job titles for Principal Engineer?

Some related job titles are Engineering Manager Salaries with median pay of $148,264, Senior Engineer Salaries with median pay of $121,575, Senior Staff Engineer Salaries with median pay of $163,090, Software Engineer Salaries with median pay of $114,176.

Recent User Submitted Salaries for Principal Engineer in United States of America

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$28,000

/moAvg Base Salary

7 days ago by a Principal Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$120,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$10,000/yr

7 days ago by a Principal Engineer with 10 to 14 years of experience

$219,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$60,000/yr
Stock Bonus$30,000/yr

8 days ago by a Principal Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$147,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$28,000/yr
Stock Bonus$15,000/yr

8 days ago by a Principal Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

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$98,900

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$6,000/yr

9 days ago by a Principal Engineer with 10 to 14 years of experience

$120,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

9 days ago by a Principal Engineer with 10 to 14 years of experience

$132,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

9 days ago by a Principal Engineer with 10 to 14 years of experience

$175,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$52,500/yr

9 days ago by a Principal Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$222,274

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$99,041/yr
Stock Bonus$147,165/yr

9 days ago by a Principal Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

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Frequently asked questions about a Principal Engineer salaries

The national average salary for a Principal Engineer is $148,758 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Principal Engineer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 5834 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Principal Engineer employees.

The highest salary for a Principal Engineer in United States is $202,318 per year.

The lowest salary for a Principal Engineer in United States is $109,378 per year.

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