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Principal Process Engineer Salary

Principal Process Engineers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $112K annually. Total cash compensation for Principal Process Engineers runs from $90K to $160K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $21K and profit sharing that can reach almost $14K. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Principal Process Engineers. The vast majority of Principal Process Engineers (85 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$86,223 - $148,376
(Median)
$86K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,544
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
$86,223 - $148,376  
   
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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$89,616 - $160,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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).
)
$89,616 - $160,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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. A lot of Principal Process Engineers advance their careers by becoming Chemical Engineers and Principal Process Development Engineers. However, those positions offer $47K less and $12K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Job skills reported by Principal Process Engineers are limited. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Manufacturing Process Engineering, Process Improvement, and Engineering Design. For most people, competency in Chemical Process Engineering indicates knowledge of Engineering Design.

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Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries



National Average
$118,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

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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