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How much does a Principal Engineer make?

Updated May 12, 2021

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$144,555 /yr
Average Base Pay

5,305 salaries

$106K

Low

$145K

Average

$196K

High

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The national average salary for a Principal Engineer is $144,555 in United States. Filter by location to see Principal Engineer salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 5,305 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Principal Engineer employees.

Seniority Levels

L5
Principal Engineer$144,555 /yr
L6
Senior Principal Engineer$150,190 /yr
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Western Digital
3.7

Western Digital

Principal Engineer

$128,738

 /yr
Range: $45K - $175K
327 salaries
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$45K

$175K

$44,843 - $175,123 Range

Arm
4.1

Arm

Principal Engineer

$172,516

 /yr
Range: $133K - $214K

$133K

$214K

$133,201 - $214,151 Range

Westinghouse
2.9

Westinghouse

Principal Engineer

$118,883

 /yr
Range: $102K - $177K

$102K

$177K

$101,502 - $176,538 Range

Broadcom
3.3

Broadcom

Principal Engineer

$167,169

 /yr
Range: $112K - $210K

$112K

$210K

$111,782 - $210,288 Range

GLOBALFOUNDRIES
3.6

GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Principal Engineer

$114,631

 /yr
Range: $75K - $147K

$75K

$147K

$74,803 - $147,115 Range

Cisco Systems
4.3

Cisco Systems

Principal Engineer

$217,222

 /yr
Range: $150K - $265K

$150K

$265K

$149,693 - $264,939 Range

Qualcomm
4.1

Qualcomm

Principal Engineer

$206,452

 /yr
Range: $160K - $249K

$160K

$249K

$159,540 - $248,727 Range

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Intel Corporation
4.2

Intel Corporation

Principal Engineer

$205,039

 /yr
Range: $124K - $277K

$124K

$277K

$124,255 - $277,100 Range

Honeywell
3.7

Honeywell

Principal Engineer

$136,206

 /yr
Range: $109K - $174K

$109K

$174K

$108,998 - $173,799 Range

Dell Technologies
4.2

Dell Technologies

Principal Engineer

$140,078

 /yr
Range: $97K - $205K

$97K

$205K

$97,382 - $204,512 Range

Baxter
3.8

Baxter

Principal Engineer

$113,501

 /yr
Range: $86K - $149K

$86K

$149K

$85,618 - $149,169 Range

Oracle
3.7

Oracle

Principal Engineer

$147,013

 /yr
Range: $86K - $240K

$86K

$240K

$86,003 - $240,000 Range

Autodesk
4.3

Autodesk

Principal Engineer

$161,037

 /yr
Range: $121K - $205K

$121K

$205K

$121,190 - $205,196 Range

Comcast
3.9

Comcast

Principal Engineer

$148,975

 /yr
Range: $123K - $192K

$123K

$192K

$123,212 - $192,064 Range

Northrop Grumman
4

Northrop Grumman

Principal Engineer

$124,900

 /yr
Range: $78K - $169K

$78K

$169K

$77,980 - $169,104 Range

Cypress Semiconductor
3.6

Cypress Semiconductor

Principal Engineer

$153,628

 /yr
Range: $137K - $159K

$137K

$159K

$137,343 - $159,214 Range

Raytheon Technologies
3.9

Raytheon Technologies

Principal Engineer

$149,626

 /yr
Range: $110K - $195K

$110K

$195K

$109,503 - $195,103 Range

Spectrum
3.2

Spectrum

Principal Engineer

$148,534

 /yr
Range: $116K - $204K

$116K

$204K

$115,870 - $204,152 Range

Verizon
4

Verizon

Principal Engineer

$131,031

 /yr
Range: $101K - $178K

$101K

$178K

$101,422 - $178,394 Range

Siemens
4.1

Siemens

Principal Engineer

$109,899

 /yr
Range: $96K - $175K

$96K

$175K

$96,332 - $175,200 Range

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Frequently asked questions about Principal Engineer salaries

The average salary for a Principal Engineer is $144,555 in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 5305 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Principal Engineer employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Principal Engineer in United States is $196,391 per year.

The lowest salary for a Principal Engineer in United States is $106,401 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

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$127,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $127,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$245,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the San Jose, CA Area area reported making $245,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
San Jose, CA Area area
Full-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public
$152,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the San Diego, CA Area area reported making $152,000 per year
Additional Pay
$15k cash bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
San Diego, CA Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$140,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Jacksonville, FL Area area reported making $140,000 per year
Additional Pay
$16k cash bonus
$4k profit sharing
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Jacksonville, FL Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Nonprofit Organization
$146,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Phoenix, AZ Area area reported making $146,000 per year
Additional Pay
$7k cash bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Phoenix, AZ Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$190,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the San Jose, CA Area area reported making $190,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
San Jose, CA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$105,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $105,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public
$195,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the San Francisco, CA Area area reported making $195,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
San Francisco, CA Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Government
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