How much does a Principal Engineer make?

Updated Jun 11, 2021
CA$144k /yr
Average Base Pay

67 salaries

CA$108k

Low

CA$144k

Average

CA$193k

High

No additional cash compensation has been reported for this role

The national average salary for a Principal Engineer is $144,294 in Canada. Filter by location to see Principal Engineer salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 67 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Principal Engineer employees.

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Principal EngineerCA$144k /yr
L6
Senior Principal EngineerCA$89k /yr
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Autodesk
4.2

Autodesk

Principal Engineer

CA$130,000

 /yr
Range: CA$121k - CA$195k
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CA$121k

CA$195k

CA$120,892 - CA$194,983 Range

Oracle
3.7

Oracle

Principal Engineer

CA$115,451

 /yr
Range: CA$96k - CA$132k

CA$96k

CA$132k

CA$95,907 - CA$131,969 Range

Huawei Technologies
3.7

Huawei Technologies

Principal Engineer

CA$155,088

 /yr
Range: CA$152k - CA$163k

CA$152k

CA$163k

CA$152,325 - CA$163,452 Range

Cisco Systems
4.3

Cisco Systems

Principal Engineer

CA$226,429

 /yr
Range: CA$185k - CA$249k

CA$185k

CA$249k

CA$185,000 - CA$248,512 Range

SkipTheDishes
3.5

SkipTheDishes

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$124k -CA$148k

CA$124k

CA$148k

CA$124,458 - CA$148,372 Range

PointClickCare
4.3

PointClickCare

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$118k -CA$134k

CA$118k

CA$134k

CA$117,584 - CA$134,035 Range

Tetra Tech
3.8

Tetra Tech

Principal Engineer - Hourly
About 

CA$50 -CA$80

 hourly

CA$50

CA$80

CA$50 - CA$80 Range

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PMC-Sierra
4.1

PMC-Sierra

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$149k -CA$184k

CA$149k

CA$184k

CA$149,416 - CA$183,845 Range

Hopper
3.9

Hopper

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$141k -CA$193k

CA$141k

CA$193k

CA$140,732 - CA$192,502 Range

Infinera
3.5

Infinera

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$159k -CA$177k

CA$159k

CA$177k

CA$159,163 - CA$176,659 Range

Equinor
3.7

Equinor

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$154k -CA$170k

CA$154k

CA$170k

CA$154,085 - CA$169,554 Range

BlackBerry
3.5

BlackBerry

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$240k -CA$258k

CA$240k

CA$258k

CA$240,438 - CA$257,662 Range

Ericsson-Worldwide
4

Ericsson-Worldwide

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$123k -CA$133k

CA$123k

CA$133k

CA$123,371 - CA$132,848 Range

ATCO Ltd.
3.5

ATCO Ltd.

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$165k -CA$178k

CA$165k

CA$178k

CA$164,531 - CA$178,140 Range

Pratt & Whitney Canada
4

Pratt & Whitney Canada

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$118k -CA$127k

CA$118k

CA$127k

CA$117,541 - CA$127,266 Range

Thales
3.3

Thales

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$133k -CA$144k

CA$133k

CA$144k

CA$132,965 - CA$144,007 Range

STEMCELL Technologies
4.1

STEMCELL Technologies

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$125k -CA$134k

CA$125k

CA$134k

CA$125,015 - CA$133,885 Range

Moxie’s Grill & Bar
3.8

Moxie’s Grill & Bar

Principal Engineer - Hourly Contractor
About 

CA$89 -CA$96

 hourly

CA$89

CA$96

CA$89 - CA$96 Range

Vale
4.3

Vale

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$128k -CA$138k

CA$128k

CA$138k

CA$128,228 - CA$137,655 Range

Abbott
3.9

Abbott

Principal Engineer
About 

CA$97k -CA$104k

CA$97k

CA$104k

CA$96,639 - CA$103,540 Range

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Frequently asked questions about Principal Engineer salaries

The average salary for a Principal Engineer is CA$144,294 in Canada. Salaries estimates are based on 67 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Principal Engineer employees in Canada.

The highest salary for a Principal Engineer in Canada is CA$192,997 per year.

The lowest salary for a Principal Engineer in Canada is CA$107,881 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

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

$110,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Ottawa Area area reported making $110,000 per year
Additional Pay
$20 cash bonus
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Ottawa Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
$130,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Montreal Area area reported making $130,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Montreal Area area
Full-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public
$155,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Toronto Area area reported making $155,000 per year
Additional Pay
$30k cash bonus
Job Highlights
Toronto Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Private
$130,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Winnipeg Area area reported making $130,000 per year
Additional Pay
$20 cash bonus
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Winnipeg Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$185,000
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Edmonton Area area reported making $185,000 per year
Additional Pay
$70 cash bonus
$50 stock bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Edmonton Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Private
$129,493
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Vancouver Area area reported making $129,493 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Vancouver Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$76
hourly
A Principal Mining Engineer in the Calgary Area area reported making $76 per hour
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Calgary Area area
Contract
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$147,468
per year
A Principal Engineer in the Toronto Area area reported making $147,468 per year
Additional Pay
$46k cash bonus
$60k stock bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Toronto Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
$151,508
per year
A Value Engineering Principal in the Calgary Area area reported making $151,508 per year
Additional Pay
$1 cash bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Calgary Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
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