How much does a Principal Engineer make?

Updated 1 Aug 2021
$164,500 /yr
Average Base Pay

134 salaries

$123K

Low

$165K

Average

$209K

High

No additional cash compensation has been reported for this role

The national average salary for a Principal Engineer is $164,500 per year in Australia. Filter by location to see Principal Engineer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 134 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Principal Engineer employees.

Seniority Levels

L5
Principal Engineer$164,500 /yr
L6
Senior Principal Engineer$172,500 /yr
L7
Distinguished EngineerNo Salary Reports
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AECOM
3.6

AECOM

Principal Engineer

$144,381

 /yr
Range: $122K - $184K
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$122K

$184K

$122,220 - $183,677 Range

WSP
3.6

WSP

Principal Engineer

$164,420

 /yr
Range: $130K - $185K

$130K

$185K

$130,000 - $185,000 Range

Versent (Australia)
4

Versent (Australia)

Principal Engineer

$180,000

 /yr
Range: $165K - $195K

$165K

$195K

$165,000 - $195,000 Range

Arcadis
4

Arcadis

Principal Engineer

$165,000

 /yr
Range: $134K - $185K

$134K

$185K

$134,292 - $185,000 Range

BHP
4.1

BHP

Principal Engineer

$167,000

 /yr
Range: $166K - $210K

$166K

$210K

$166,000 - $210,000 Range

GHD
3.5

GHD

Principal Engineer

$178,014

 /yr
Range: $175K - $213K

$175K

$213K

$175,209 - $212,525 Range

NTT Ltd.
3.8

NTT Ltd.

Principal Engineer

$140,000

 /yr
Range: $139K - $160K

$139K

$160K

$139,134 - $160,000 Range

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Service NSW
3.9

Service NSW

Principal Engineer

$160,000

 /yr
Range: $159K - $169K

$159K

$169K

$159,394 - $169,000 Range

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
3.9

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Principal Engineer

$105,623

 /yr
Range: $100K - $130K

$100K

$130K

$100,000 - $130,000 Range

Wood
3.7

Wood

Principal Engineer

$220,000

 /yr
Range: $170K - $222K

$170K

$222K

$170,000 - $222,000 Range

Mott MacDonald
4

Mott MacDonald

Principal Engineer

$155,000

 /yr
Range: $140K - $160K

$140K

$160K

$140,000 - $160,000 Range

QinetiQ Group
3.8

QinetiQ Group

Principal Engineer

$136,000

 /yr
Range: $128K - $140K

$128K

$140K

$127,829 - $140,000 Range

Commonwealth Bank of Australia
4.1

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Principal Engineer
About 

$183K -$209K

$183K

$209K

$183,124 - $209,396 Range

Qantas
4

Qantas

Principal Engineer
About 

$108K -$146K

$108K

$146K

$107,783 - $145,706 Range

NBN Co
3.9

NBN Co

Principal Engineer
About 

$166K -$179K

$166K

$179K

$166,276 - $179,441 Range

Rio Tinto
4

Rio Tinto

Principal Engineer
About 

$163K -$243K

$163K

$243K

$162,772 - $243,189 Range

Dell Technologies
4.2

Dell Technologies

Principal Engineer
About 

$95K -$155K

$95K

$155K

$95,348 - $154,706 Range

Worley
3.6

Worley

Principal Engineer
About 

$153K -$183K

$153K

$183K

$152,522 - $183,349 Range

Cochlear
3.6

Cochlear

Principal Engineer
About 

$110K -$123K

$110K

$123K

$110,258 - $122,673 Range

Western Power
3.1

Western Power

Principal Engineer
About 

$170K -$201K

$170K

$201K

$169,621 - $200,790 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Principal Engineer salaries

The national average salary for a a Principal Engineer is $164,500 per year in Australia. Filter by location to see a Principal Engineer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 134 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Principal Engineer employees.

The highest salary for a a Principal Engineer in Australia is $209,106 per year.

The lowest salary for a a Principal Engineer in Australia is $123,375 per year.

Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent principal engineer salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$194,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Perth Area area reported making $194,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Perth Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$180,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Perth Area area reported making $180,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Perth Area area
Contract
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$175,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Melbourne Area area reported making $175,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Melbourne Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$220,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Perth Area area reported making $220,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Perth Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$193,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Perth Area area reported making $193,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Perth Area area
Seasonal
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public
$125,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Perth Area area reported making $125,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Perth Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
$170,000
per year
A Principal Engineer I in the Melbourne Area area reported making $170,000 per year
Additional Pay
$5k profit sharing
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Melbourne Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$150,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Sydney Area area reported making $150,000 per year
Additional Pay
$10k cash bonus
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Sydney Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
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