Principal Engineer Salary

The average salary for a Principal Engineer in the UK is:


Job profile for a Principal Engineer

Overall Purpose of Job: Delivery of component and system engineering for projects. Main Activities/Tasks: • To plan, control, direct and execute component and system engineering development for vehicle programmes. • To provide expert input to business development activities including pre-contract contact with client engineering. • To further the development of technical capability through specific engineering initiatives. • To provide core technical expertise for specific systems across the range of current projects. • To provide leadership and task management for engineers and CAD designers engaged in projects. What is the level of accountability? • Principal engineers will be accountable for work delivered from their system groups. What are the budgetary responsibilities? • Project resource budgets for their staff (permanent and contract). • Outsourced engineering and materials for their project areas. What contact will the employee have with other personnel? • Depending on the nature of a project, Principal Engineers will be expected to interface with senior manage ment, Supplier staff and Industry Institutions. Detailed communications will be needed with other engineering project staff. What are the environmental/working conditions? • Office based. • The nature of project work will require travel to client and supplier sites. • Visits to Automotive test sites may be required that are specific to the system expertise.

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Principal Engineer Salary Comparison

In 2008, the average salary for this job was £41,700.

The average salary in 2009 was £43,995, based on 45 respondents (a difference of 6% from the 2008 figure.

The average salary in 2010 was £52,125, based on 63 respondents (a difference of 18% from the 2009 figure.

The average salary in 2011 was £47,897, based on 69 respondents (a difference of -8% from the 2010 figure.

The average salary in 2012 was £44,702, based on 24 respondents (a difference of -7% from the 2011 figure.

The median salary for a Principal Engineer based on all salary survey responses is: £44,000

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About the Salary Survey Data in this survey is based on over 368,000 individual salary records. The date period for which job information was gathered varies, but is usually between 2008 - 2012. For precise date related information, custom reports may be ordered with greater granularity. Working 8 hours a day, 250 days of the year, the data suggests the hourly rate for Principal Engineer is £23.2.

Assorted Principal Engineer Salary Information

£46,000Yorkshire and North East7-August-19
£57,500South West30-January-16
£40,000East of England23-June-15
£39,000North West4-March-15
£40,000South East20-June-13
Chart to the right shows ten most recent raw datapoints. Outlying points may be discarded.
Graph of Principal Engineer salary data

Principal Engineer Salary By UK Region

£45,141South East
£45,834North West
£41,959Yorkshire and North East
£44,384South West
£44,421East of England

With regard to age and impact on salary for a Principal Engineer, a statistical average weighting (that is based on how salary varies by age and not for a specific job which may vary considerably) suggests these figures: £34,806 for a worker in their 20s, £45,479 (30s), £53,833 (40s) and £53,833 (50s).
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