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Process Development Engineer Salary

Median pay for Process Development Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $76K annually. Total cash compensation for Process Development Engineers runs from $58K to $107K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more male Process Development Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,559 - $102,541
(Median)
$59K
$76K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,253
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$19.53 - $38.22
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,559 - $102,541  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,336  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $6,411  
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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$58,495 - $106,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 408
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.53 - $38.22  
   
Overtime
$27.64 - $49.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,336  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $6,411  
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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$58,495 - $106,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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


Process Development Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Process Improvement, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Stem Cell, Biotechnology, and Project Management. Most people skilled in Manufacturing Process Engineering are similarly competent in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Process Development Engineer

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


For Process Development Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $72K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $85K. For Process Development Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $98K. Process Development 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 $105K on average.

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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
up arrow 35%



National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Process Development Engineer Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 2%

Process Improvement
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National Average
$78,000

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 2%


Product Development
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Biotechnology
up arrow 13%

Stem Cell
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
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