Principal Salary in the United States

How much does a Principal make in the United States? The average Principal salary in the United States is $88,504 as of October 30, 2019, but the salary range typically falls between $72,454 and $103,697. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Salary range for an Principal
$72,454 to $103,697
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Job Openings for Principal
HDR ENGINEERING INC - Bellevue , Washington
Principal Project Manager Principal Project Manager (154537) HDR is an architectural, engineering and consulting firm that excels at complex projects and solving challenges for clients. More than 10 ...
Monster - 9 days ago
Amazon Corporate LLC - Seattle , Washington
Principal Engagement Manager At Amazon Web Services (AWS), we're hiring a Principal Engagement Manager to lead AWS consultants, partner and client teams. Principal Engagement Managers are senior ...
Monster - 9 days ago
Amazon Corporate LLC - Seattle , Washington
Principal Program Manager - NACF ACES Do you have an obsession for innovation? Do you have proven analytical capabilities, ability to multi-task and thrive in a fast-paced environment, exceptional ...
Monster - 9 days ago
Tracking Code 9617 Job Description PATH is currently seeking a qualified Principal Investigator (PI) for an upcoming CDC-funded program, "HQ Supported Development, Implementation, Use and Evaluation ...
Monster - 9 days ago
GE Digital Holdings LLC - San Ramon , California
TECHNOLOGY Principal Technical Program Manager (multiple positions) sought by GE Digital Holdings LLC in San Ramon, CA to optimize profitability of company's largest software offerings by reducing ...
Monster - 9 days ago
Managing Principal - Civic, Public, Justice If you are a Managing Principal - Civic, Public, Justice with experience, please read on! Top International Architecture firm are looking for a Managing ...
CyberCoders, Inc - 4 days ago
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These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Principal in the United States. The base salary for Principal ranges from $72,454 to $103,697 with the average base salary of $88,504. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $74,568 to $106,501 with the average total cash compensation of $91,823.

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