Principal Process Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Principal Process Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $113K per year. Total incomes of Principal Process Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $25K from bonuses and close to $13K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $89K and $166K. Men make up the vast majority of Principal Process Engineers (83 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction for Principal Process Engineers is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to 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 (?
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: 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 (?
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$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 frequently advance into Chemical Engineer and Principal Process Development Engineer roles even though the median salaries are $48K lower and $12K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Principal Process Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $91K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $104K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $123K in this role. Principal Process Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $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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