Principal Engineer
UK

The median Principal Engineer salary in the UK is £80,000 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 20 April 2024.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
20 Apr 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 289 490 410
Rank change year-on-year +201 -80 +118
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 977 619 1,343
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.01% 0.58% 0.88%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.06% 0.64% 0.91%
Number of salaries quoted 374 447 436
10th Percentile £58,250 £55,300 £60,000
25th Percentile £65,000 £66,625 £65,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £80,000 £82,500 £85,000
Median % change year-on-year -3.03% -2.94% +21.43%
75th Percentile £96,250 £113,750 £100,000
90th Percentile £116,250 £150,000 £115,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £70,000 £72,500 £72,500
% change year-on-year -3.45% - +7.41%

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 91,854 97,276 146,984
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.61% 91.60% 96.02%
Number of salaries quoted 66,203 60,967 85,741
10th Percentile £28,500 £32,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £38,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,550 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -12.42% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £71,250 £81,250 £78,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +5.26%

Principal Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Principal Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Principal Engineer.

Salary trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Principal Engineer over the 6 months to 20 April 2024.

Salary histogram for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 20 April 2024. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
England +197 819 £80,000 -5.33% 262
UK excluding London +206 748 £70,000 -3.45% 221
Work from Home +17 192 £90,000 - 92
London +88 173 £100,000 -6.98% 59
North of England +122 159 £65,000 -11.86% 46
South West +102 147 £70,000 -12.50% 46
South East +30 132 £75,000 +7.14% 52
Midlands +96 113 £75,000 -9.09% 14
Scotland +18 104 £65,000 -23.53% 12
North West +63 83 £65,000 -3.70% 37
East of England +84 76 £77,500 +6.90% 51
West Midlands +87 62 £70,000 -36.36% 8
Yorkshire +99 56 £65,000 -18.75% 8
East Midlands +20 51 £85,000 +3.03% 6
North East +8 20 - - 1
Wales +4 15 £60,000 +34.33% 5
Northern Ireland +22 2 £80,000 +14.29% 3

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 20 April 2024, Principal Engineer job roles required the following skills and capabilities in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Principal Engineer in the job title.

1 256 (26.20%) Problem-Solving
2 248 (25.38%) Google
3 247 (25.28%) Agile
4 224 (22.93%) Data Science
5 220 (22.52%) Software Engineering
6 219 (22.42%) Mentoring
7 214 (21.90%) GCP
8 193 (19.75%) Data Engineering
8 193 (19.75%) DevOps
9 189 (19.34%) Analytical Skills
10 177 (18.12%) Roadmaps
10 177 (18.12%) Self-Motivation
11 176 (18.01%) Platform Engineering
12 175 (17.91%) Data Pipeline
13 174 (17.81%) Change Management
14 172 (17.60%) BigQuery
15 168 (17.20%) Looker
16 164 (16.79%) Technical Leadership
17 161 (16.48%) DataOps
17 161 (16.48%) GDPR
18 157 (16.07%) Technology Roadmap
19 148 (15.15%) AWS
20 138 (14.12%) Degree
21 102 (10.44%) Social Skills
22 99 (10.13%) Systems Engineering
23 93 (9.52%) Python
24 92 (9.42%) Java
25 76 (7.78%) Security Cleared
26 62 (6.35%) Analytics
27 61 (6.24%) Customer Service

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 29 (2.97%) Apache Spark
2 14 (1.43%) Confluence
3 6 (0.61%) IIS
3 6 (0.61%) Microsoft Exchange
3 6 (0.61%) SharePoint
4 3 (0.31%) Apache
5 2 (0.20%) JBoss
6 1 (0.10%) Apache Airflow
6 1 (0.10%) CMS
Applications
1 12 (1.23%) Simulink
1 12 (1.23%) Stateflow
2 6 (0.61%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (0.31%) Temenos T24
2 1 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 214 (21.90%) GCP
2 148 (15.15%) AWS
3 56 (5.73%) Azure
4 47 (4.81%) SaaS
5 42 (4.30%) Dropbox
5 42 (4.30%) Google Drive
5 42 (4.30%) OneDrive
6 28 (2.87%) Amazon S3
7 26 (2.66%) Amazon SQS
8 23 (2.35%) Google Docs
8 23 (2.35%) Lucidchart
8 23 (2.35%) Miro
8 23 (2.35%) Slack
9 19 (1.94%) Serverless
10 18 (1.84%) AWS Lambda
11 7 (0.72%) Amazon EKS
11 7 (0.72%) Amazon SageMaker
11 7 (0.72%) Azure Machine Learning
12 6 (0.61%) Datadog
13 4 (0.41%) Azure DevOps
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.74%) LAN
1 17 (1.74%) WAN
2 16 (1.64%) Internet
3 12 (1.23%) Wireless
4 9 (0.92%) Network Security
5 8 (0.82%) Firewall
6 6 (0.61%) TETRA
7 5 (0.51%) Bluetooth
7 5 (0.51%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (0.41%) MPLS
9 3 (0.31%) BGP
9 3 (0.31%) Ethernet
9 3 (0.31%) IGMP
9 3 (0.31%) IPv6
9 3 (0.31%) OSPF
9 3 (0.31%) RIP
9 3 (0.31%) SNMP
9 3 (0.31%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.31%) VoIP
9 3 (0.31%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 172 (17.60%) BigQuery
2 168 (17.20%) Looker
3 30 (3.07%) Big Data
4 28 (2.87%) Hadoop
5 26 (2.66%) Elasticsearch
5 26 (2.66%) Redis
6 23 (2.35%) Scylla
7 11 (1.13%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (0.92%) Data Lake
9 5 (0.51%) MongoDB
10 4 (0.41%) Apache Hive
11 3 (0.31%) Apache Cassandra
11 3 (0.31%) Neo4j
11 3 (0.31%) NoSQL
11 3 (0.31%) PostgreSQL
12 2 (0.20%) HBase
12 2 (0.20%) MySQL
12 2 (0.20%) Oracle Database
13 1 (0.10%) Amazon Redshift
13 1 (0.10%) Apache Accumulo
Development Applications
1 14 (1.43%) JIRA
2 12 (1.23%) Rational DOORS
3 5 (0.51%) Cypress.io
3 5 (0.51%) Selenium
4 3 (0.31%) Android Studio
4 3 (0.31%) Git
4 3 (0.31%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.31%) Postman
4 3 (0.31%) Rational Rhapsody
4 3 (0.31%) Visual Studio
5 2 (0.20%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.10%) Gatling
6 1 (0.10%) JUnit
6 1 (0.10%) MLflow
6 1 (0.10%) SpecFlow
6 1 (0.10%) TeamCity
General
1 189 (19.34%) Analytical Skills
2 102 (10.44%) Social Skills
3 60 (6.14%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 55 (5.63%) Finance
5 40 (4.09%) Aerospace
6 35 (3.58%) Manufacturing
7 32 (3.28%) Marketing
8 27 (2.76%) Banking
8 27 (2.76%) Electronics
9 26 (2.66%) Law
10 25 (2.56%) Telecoms
11 24 (2.46%) Games
12 20 (2.05%) Financial Institution
13 18 (1.84%) Investment Banking
13 18 (1.84%) Presentation Skills
14 15 (1.54%) Legal
15 13 (1.33%) Public Sector
16 12 (1.23%) Automotive
17 8 (0.82%) Health Technology
18 7 (0.72%) Aviation
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (4.30%) Kafka
2 36 (3.68%) GraphQL
3 25 (2.56%) Spring Boot
4 24 (2.46%) Spring
5 22 (2.25%) .NET
5 22 (2.25%) React
6 20 (2.05%) Node.js
7 11 (1.13%) PyTorch
8 9 (0.92%) scikit-learn
8 9 (0.92%) TensorFlow
9 7 (0.72%) MXNet
10 6 (0.61%) .NET Core
11 5 (0.51%) CSS
12 3 (0.31%) Next.js
12 3 (0.31%) Playwright
12 3 (0.31%) WinForms
13 2 (0.20%) Apache NiFi
13 2 (0.20%) DPDK
13 2 (0.20%) eBPF
13 2 (0.20%) Flutter
Miscellaneous
1 177 (18.12%) Self-Motivation
2 54 (5.53%) Algorithms
3 43 (4.40%) Cloud Native
4 42 (4.30%) iPad
5 32 (3.28%) Data Structures
6 17 (1.74%) Data Centre
7 16 (1.64%) Renewable Energy
8 11 (1.13%) FPGA
8 11 (1.13%) Management Information System
8 11 (1.13%) Virtual Team
9 10 (1.02%) IoT
10 8 (0.82%) Embedded Systems
10 8 (0.82%) Product Ownership
11 6 (0.61%) Mobile App
12 5 (0.51%) Hackathon
13 4 (0.41%) Enterprise Storage
14 3 (0.31%) Distributed Systems
14 3 (0.31%) Greenfield Project
14 3 (0.31%) Smart City
14 3 (0.31%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 31 (3.17%) Linux
2 20 (2.05%) Windows
3 9 (0.92%) Mac OS
4 7 (0.72%) Android
5 5 (0.51%) Embedded Linux
6 4 (0.41%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.41%) Mac OS X
6 4 (0.41%) Unix
7 1 (0.10%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 256 (26.20%) Problem-Solving
2 247 (25.28%) Agile
3 224 (22.93%) Data Science
4 220 (22.52%) Software Engineering
5 219 (22.42%) Mentoring
6 193 (19.75%) Data Engineering
6 193 (19.75%) DevOps
7 177 (18.12%) Roadmaps
8 176 (18.01%) Platform Engineering
9 175 (17.91%) Data Pipeline
10 174 (17.81%) Change Management
11 164 (16.79%) Technical Leadership
12 161 (16.48%) DataOps
13 157 (16.07%) Technology Roadmap
14 99 (10.13%) Systems Engineering
15 62 (6.35%) Analytics
16 61 (6.24%) Customer Service
17 60 (6.14%) Cybersecurity
18 51 (5.22%) Computer Science
19 49 (5.02%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 93 (9.52%) Python
2 92 (9.42%) Java
3 34 (3.48%) Scala
4 31 (3.17%) Go
5 29 (2.97%) SQL
6 27 (2.76%) Kotlin
7 26 (2.66%) C#
8 25 (2.56%) Bash
8 25 (2.56%) C
9 24 (2.46%) TypeScript
10 17 (1.74%) C++
11 13 (1.33%) MATLAB
12 12 (1.23%) JavaScript
13 6 (0.61%) Embedded C
14 4 (0.41%) Assembly Language
14 4 (0.41%) R
14 4 (0.41%) Swift
15 3 (0.31%) Ruby
16 2 (0.20%) Perl
17 1 (0.10%) PHP
Qualifications
1 138 (14.12%) Degree
2 76 (7.78%) Security Cleared
3 53 (5.42%) Master's Degree
4 39 (3.99%) Chartered Engineer
5 30 (3.07%) SC Cleared
6 19 (1.94%) Computer Science Degree
7 16 (1.64%) DV Cleared
7 16 (1.64%) HNC
8 8 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.31%) MCT
9 3 (0.31%) Sun Certification
10 2 (0.20%) Azure Certification
10 2 (0.20%) HND
11 1 (0.10%) AWS Certification
11 1 (0.10%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 161 (16.48%) GDPR
2 12 (1.23%) QA
3 9 (0.92%) Data Quality
4 7 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 15288
5 4 (0.41%) IEC 62304
5 4 (0.41%) ISO 13485
6 2 (0.20%) Def Stans
6 2 (0.20%) IEC 61508
6 2 (0.20%) SLA
7 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.10%) TickIT
System Software
1 18 (1.84%) Firmware
2 14 (1.43%) Docker
3 8 (0.82%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.82%) Embedded Firmware
4 7 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.61%) Forefront TMG
5 6 (0.61%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.61%) VMware Workstation
6 4 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 54 (5.53%) Kubernetes
2 18 (1.84%) Terraform
3 7 (0.72%) Ansible
4 6 (0.61%) SCOM
4 6 (0.61%) WSUS
5 4 (0.41%) vRealize
5 4 (0.41%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 1 (0.10%) Rancher
Vendors
1 248 (25.38%) Google
2 41 (4.20%) EMC
3 38 (3.89%) Dell
4 22 (2.25%) Microsoft
5 17 (1.74%) Juniper
6 16 (1.64%) Fortinet
6 16 (1.64%) Sandvine
7 11 (1.13%) Oracle
8 9 (0.92%) Databricks
9 7 (0.72%) Dataiku
9 7 (0.72%) VMware
10 6 (0.61%) QinetiQ
11 4 (0.41%) Atlassian
12 3 (0.31%) Progress
13 2 (0.20%) CheckPoint
13 2 (0.20%) Forcepoint
13 2 (0.20%) ForgeRock
13 2 (0.20%) SAP
13 2 (0.20%) Sitecore
13 2 (0.20%) Temenos