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Principal Process Engineer Salary

Generous salaries abound for Principal Process Engineers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. Total cash compensation to Principal Process Engineers approaches anywhere from $90K on the lower end to $160K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $21K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Principal Process Engineers are male. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. Most Principal Process Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$86,273 - $148,320
(Median)
$86K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,428
10%
50%
90%

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$49.49 - $182.47
(Median)
$49
$68
$180
MEDIAN: $67.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$86,273 - $148,320  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,592  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $14,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$89,662 - $160,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$49.49 - $182.47  
   
Overtime
$50.37 - $99.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,592  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $14,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$89,662 - $160,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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Job Description for Principal Process Engineer

Principal process engineers are responsible for analyzing process technologies and proposal support for engineering activities for their organization. These individuals are organized and have strong analytical skills to plan and implement different principal processes for engineering services or creation of products. They participate in the development of strict schedules, guidelines, and budgets for their departments. They work with other engineers to find ways to improve processes and find innovative solutions for determining priorities.

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Principal Process Engineer Tasks

  • Analyze feed, product or equipment specifications and performance requirements to determine appropriate designs and processes.
  • Assist with analysis, evaluation and assessment leading to development of recommendations for system and process improvements.
  • Analyze evaluations and quality assessments for proper implementation of programs, systems specifications and quality standards.
  • Write proposal sections relevant to process design.

Common Career Paths for Principal Process Engineer


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Principal Process Engineers who transition into an upper level Senior Principal Process Engineer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Senior Principal Process Engineer makes $110K a year. Principal Process Engineers most frequently become Chemical Engineers and Principal Process Development Engineers even though median compensation is $47K lower and $12K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Survey results suggest that Principal Process Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Manufacturing Process Engineering, Process Improvement, and Engineering Design. It is often found that people who know Chemical Process Engineering are also skilled in Engineering Design.

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Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries



National Average
$118,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Principal Process Engineer Salaries


National Average
$118,000

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
up arrow 7%

Process Improvement
up arrow 9%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 4%
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