Principal Process Engineer Salary

Principal Process Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $113K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $25K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $13K, overall incomes of Principal Process Engineers spread between $89K and $166K depending on individual performance. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The vast majority (83 percent) of Principal Process Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$85,241 - $150,687
(Median)
$85K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $112,781
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$49.83 - $179.37
(Median)
$50
$79
$180
MEDIAN: $78.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$85,241 - $150,687  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,523  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $13,481  
Total Pay (?
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$89,294 - $166,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 275
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$49.83 - $179.37  
   
Overtime
$49.32 - $101.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,523  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $13,481  
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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$89,294 - $166,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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 go on to become Senior Principal Process Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Senior Principal Process Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $111K. Principal Process Engineers most often move into positions as Chemical Engineers or Principal Process Development Engineers. Chemical Engineers actually earn $48K less on average, however, and Principal Process Development Engineers earn $12K less per year than Principal Process Engineers do.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Principal Process Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Manufacturing Process Engineering, Engineering Design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Process Improvement and Project Management. 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $91K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $104K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Principal Process Engineers make a median salary of $123K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $134K on average.

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Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries



National Average
$120,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Principal Process Engineer Salaries


Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 7%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

National Average
$120,000

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Process Improvement
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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