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Principal software engineer salary in United States

How much does a Principal Software Engineer make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $160,979
Low $107,982
High $239,986
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a principal software engineer is $160,979 per year in the United States. 5k salaries reported, updated at December 7, 2023

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Top companies for Principal Software Engineers in United States

  1. Intel Corporation
    6,187 reviews21 salaries reported
    $234,215per year
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Highest paying cities for Principal Software Engineers near United States

  1. Santa Clara, CA
    $200,512 per year
    127 salaries reported
  2. San Jose, CA
    $189,806 per year
    169 salaries reported
  3. Sunnyvale, CA
    $177,437 per year
    43 salaries reported
  1. Irvine, CA
    $171,076 per year
    89 salaries reported
  2. Atlanta, GA
    $168,910 per year
    63 salaries reported
  3. Austin, TX
    $163,097 per year
    111 salaries reported
  1. Lowell, MA
    $143,176 per year
    15 salaries reported
  2. Tucson, AZ
    $142,562 per year
    33 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $132,156 per year
    34 salaries reported
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Where can a Principal Software Engineer earn more?

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Most common benefits for Principal Software Engineers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Adoption assistance
  • Commuter assistance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Stock options
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
  • Work from home
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 410 ratings

81% of Principal Software Engineers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

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