Process Development Engineer Salary

The average Process Development Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $77K per year. Total cash compensation for Process Development Engineers runs from $59K to $109K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Process Development Engineers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of Process Development Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,177 - $104,210
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$59K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,381
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$19.74 - $38.60
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,177 - $104,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,464  
Profit Sharing
$1,472 - $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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$59,193 - $108,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 414
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.74 - $38.60  
   
Overtime
$31.08 - $51.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,464  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,472 - $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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$59,193 - $108,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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 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. Those proficient in Manufacturing Process Engineering are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Process Development Engineer

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


Process Development Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $73K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $86K. Process Development Engineers bring in $98K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $117K.

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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
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Biotechnology
up arrow 14%

Stem Cell
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 10%
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