Principal Process Engineer Salary

Principal Process Engineers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $111K annually. Cash earnings for Principal Process Engineers — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing — stretch from around $89K to approximately $161K. The majority of Principal Process Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Principal Process Engineers (84 percent) who took the survey. Nearly all have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$85,444 - $148,995

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$49.66 - $181.06

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$85,444 - $148,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,435  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $13,809  
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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$89,375 - $161,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$49.66 - $181.06  
   
Overtime
$50.15 - $100.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,435  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $13,809  
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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$89,375 - $161,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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 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. Principal Process Engineers most often advance into Chemical Engineer and Principal Process Development Engineer positions even though the median salaries are $47K lower and $12K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. Those familiar with Chemical Process Engineering also tend to know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Process Engineer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Principal Process Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $94K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $102K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Principal Process Engineers make a median salary of $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 $131K.

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Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries



National Average
$118,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

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 5%

Process Improvement
up arrow 9%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 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
42%
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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