Principal Process Engineer Salary

Salaries for Principal Process Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $14K, overall incomes of Principal Process Engineers spread between $89K and $160K depending on individual performance. The vast majority (84 percent) of Principal Process Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$85,683 - $148,545
(Median)
$86K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,189
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$49.49 - $182.47
(Median)
$49
$68
$180
MEDIAN: $67.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$85,683 - $148,545  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,435  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $13,906  
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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$89,240 - $160,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$49.49 - $182.47  
   
Overtime
$50.15 - $100.15  
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 - $20,435  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $13,906  
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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$89,240 - $160,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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For Principal Process Engineers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Principal Process Engineers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Senior Principal Process Engineer. Many Principal Process Engineers go on to become Chemical Engineers or Principal Process Development Engineers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $46K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Principal Process Engineers note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Manufacturing Process Engineering, Process Improvement, and Engineering Design. Most people skilled in Chemical Process Engineering are similarly competent in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Process Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Principal Process Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Inexperienced workers earn around $94K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $102K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $120K. Principal Process Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $130K on average.

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Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries



National Average
$118,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Principal Process Engineer Salaries


National Average
$118,000

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 6%

Process Improvement
up arrow 9%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

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: 76% employee benefits None: 4%
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