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Principal Process Engineer Salary (United States)

Generous salaries abound for Principal Process Engineers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($118K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $21K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Principal Process Engineers can bottom out near $88K or peak near $156K depending on individual performance. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. The vast majority of Principal Process Engineers (87 percent) survey respondents are men. Work is enjoyable for Principal Process Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Principal Process Engineer Salary (?
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$83,842 - $145,007
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $110,479
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Principal Process Engineer Salary (?
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$35.75 - $181.06
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MEDIAN: $58.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$83,842 - $145,007  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,737  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $10,342  
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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$88,103 - $156,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 264
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$35.75 - $181.06  
   
Overtime
$51.83 - $89.60  
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 - $20,737  
   
Profit Sharing
$970 - $10,342  
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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$88,103 - $156,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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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Many Principal Process Engineers move into a Senior Principal Process Engineer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Senior Principal Process Engineers on average bring in a similar salary to Principal Process Engineers.

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Survey takers who work as Principal Process Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Project Management, Process Improvement, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Manufacturing Process Engineering, Engineering Design, and Process Improvement. Those with knowledge of Chemical Process Engineering tend to be skilled in Project Management as well.

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Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%
Experienced
up arrow 2%
National Average
$118,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Principal Process Engineer Salaries

National Average
$118,000
Project Management
up arrow 3%
Process Improvement
up arrow 5%
Engineering Design
up arrow 9%
Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 5%