Principal Process Engineer Salary

Wages for Principal Process Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. Total cash compensation to Principal Process Engineers approaches anywhere from $89K on the lower end to $160K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. Most Principal Process Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. The vast majority (84 percent) of Principal Process Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$85,803 - $148,433
(Median)
$86K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $110,980
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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
$85,803 - $148,433  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,386  
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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$89,330 - $160,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
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 - $20,386  
   
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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$89,330 - $160,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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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. 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


Survey results imply that Principal Process Engineers put a diverse skill set 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 pay less than market rate include Manufacturing Process Engineering, Process Improvement, and Engineering Design. Those educated in Chemical Process Engineering tend to be well versed in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Process Engineer

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


Principal Process Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $94K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $103K. Principal Process Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $120K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $130K.

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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 8%

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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