Principal Process Engineer Salary

Average pay for a Principal Process Engineer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $119K per year. Final cash compensation to Principal Process Engineers varies from around $89K to approximately $175K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $26K and $13K, respectively. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Principal Process Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 84 percent. Job satisfaction for Principal Process Engineers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$84,546 - $152,791
$85K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $119,284
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$63.40 - $97.87
$63
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$98
MEDIAN: $68.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$84,546 - $152,791  
   
Bonus
$2,970 - $26,310  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,277  
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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$88,572 - $174,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$63.40 - $97.87  
   
Overtime
$64.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$2,970 - $26,310  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,277  
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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$88,572 - $174,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | 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 evaluations and quality assessments for proper implementation of programs, systems specifications and quality standards.
  • Write proposal sections relevant to process design.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Principal Process Engineer


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Although many Principal Process Engineers transition into Senior Principal Process Engineer roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $112K. Principal Process Engineers most frequently become Chemical Engineers and Principal Process Development Engineers even though median compensation is $60K lower and $23K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Principal Process Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Process Improvement, Engineering Design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. Those proficient in Chemical Process Engineering are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Process Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Principal Process Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Principal Process Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 15 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Principal Process Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Principal Process Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $129,000 based on 77 salaries. A Principal Process Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $140,000 based on 74 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $131,525

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Principal Process Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average.

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Key Stats for Principal Process Engineer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
46%
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Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries

▲6%

National Average
$132,000

▼2%

▼15%

Entry-Level
▼29%

Skills That Affect Principal Process Engineer Salaries


Process Improvement
▲13%




National Average
$132,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 8%
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