Principal Process Engineers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $117K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $14K, respectively — total cash payment to Principal Process Engineers can bottom out near $89K or peak near $178K depending on individual performance. Men account for the majority of Principal Process Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 81 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Principal Process Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$85,460 - $153,725
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MEDIAN: $116,945
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$70.21 - $88.56
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MEDIAN: $82.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$85,460 - $153,725  
   
Bonus
$2,424 - $25,169  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,191  
Total Pay (?
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$88,690 - $177,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$82.23  
   
Overtime
$63.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,424 - $25,169  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,191  
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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$88,690 - $177,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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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Principal Process Engineers who take on a higher-level position such as Senior Principal Process Engineer may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Senior Principal Process Engineers on average bring home $112K. Many Principal Process Engineers choose to become Chemical Engineers and Principal Process Development Engineers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $55K less and $20K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Principal Process Engineers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Process Improvement, Engineering Design, and Manufacturing Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 18 percent. For most people, competency in Chemical Process Engineering indicates knowledge of 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 a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $90K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $108K. Principal Process Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $129K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $143K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,977

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With a pay rate for Principal Process Engineers that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession.

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Key Stats for Principal Process Engineer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
043
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
44%
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Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries



National Average
$127,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Principal Process Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
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National Average
$127,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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