Process Development Engineer Salary

Median pay for Process Development Engineers in the United States is around $77K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Process Development Engineers can bottom out near $59K or peak near $109K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Process Development Engineers is high. The vast majority of Process Development Engineers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$19.41 - $38.60

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,032 - $104,126  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,408  
Profit Sharing
$1,464 - $7,807  
Total Pay (?
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$58,961 - $108,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 404
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Hourly Rate
$19.41 - $38.60  
   
Overtime
$28.34 - $53.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,408  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,464 - $7,807  
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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$58,961 - $108,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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Job Description for Process Development Engineer

The process development engineer is responsible for designing and developing processes to optimize process flow, reduce variability within the process, improve operating capabilities, and help ensure workers' safety. Their main objective is to identify, develop, verify, and validate processes from their early developmental stages straight to implementation. Additionally, a process development engineer evaluates and analyzes current processes and provides recommendations as needed.

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Process Development Engineer Tasks

  • Develop and maintain engineering documents like PFDs, PIDs, and mass and energy balances.
  • Analyze and optimize processes for small- and large-scale equipment and goods.
  • Develop and implement process technology for product manufacture.
  • Troubleshoot safety and quality problems, and make recommendations to mitigate problems.

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Popular Skills for Process Development Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Process Improvement, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Stem Cell, Biotechnology, and Project Management. Most people who know Manufacturing Process Engineering also know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Process Development Engineer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Process Development Engineers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $73K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $87K. Process Development Engineers bring in $99K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $117K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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What is it like working as a Process Development Engineer?

Process Development Engineer in Fremont:
"I perform scale up studies for manufacturing pharmaceuticals."
Pros: The work I am doing is helping people with severe diseases. My job isn't too labor intensive. Work hours are generally flexible.
Cons: Developing a drug takes a long time. I dont get any perks at all. Management lacks the ability to see true potential. I am not given the ability to develop in a corporate sense.

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Experience Affects Process Development Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Process Development Engineer Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
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Process Improvement
0%

National Average
$79,000

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Product Development
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Biotechnology
up arrow 14%

Stem Cell
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 11%
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