Principal Process Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $116K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Principal Process Engineers approaches anywhere from $88K on the lower end to $175K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $24K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Male Principal Process Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number 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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$84,603 - $153,266
(Median)
$85K
$120K
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MEDIAN: $115,997
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MEDIAN: $81.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$84,603 - $153,266  
   
Bonus
$2,128 - $23,761  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,111  
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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$88,105 - $174,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$81.21  
   
Overtime
$63.93  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,128 - $23,761  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,111  
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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$88,105 - $174,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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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.

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Many Principal Process Engineers move into Senior Principal Process Engineer roles. Senior Principal Process Engineers seem to make a little less than Principal Process Engineers as their salaries average out to $112K a year. 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 $52K less and $17K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Principal Process Engineers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Chemical Process Engineering, Engineering Design, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 19 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. 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.


For many Principal Process Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $90K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $103K. For Principal Process Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $129K. Principal Process Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $143K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $124,238

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

For Principal Process Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average.

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Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries



National Average
$124,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Principal Process Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
up arrow 19%

Process Improvement
up arrow 17%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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National Average
$124,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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