Principal Process Engineer Salary

Principal Process Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $112K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash earnings of Principal Process Engineers range from $89K on the low end to $159K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $20K and $10K, respectively. For the most part, Principal Process Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Principal Process Engineers (86 percent) who took the survey. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$85,383 - $147,678
(Median)
$85K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,635
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$49.49 - $182.47
(Median)
$49
$68
$180
MEDIAN: $67.00
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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
$85,383 - $147,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,413  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $10,304  
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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$89,361 - $158,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $20,413  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $10,304  
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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$89,361 - $158,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Survey results show that Principal Process Engineers typically report just a few professional 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 pay less than market rate include Manufacturing Process Engineering, Process Improvement, and Engineering Design. The majority of those who know Chemical Process Engineering also know Engineering Design.

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Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$118,000

Mid-Career
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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 7%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 4%