Process Development Engineer Salary

Median pay for Process Development Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $76K per year. Final cash compensation to Process Development Engineers varies from around $58K to approximately $106K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $7K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Process Development Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Process Development Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,586 - $102,074
(Median)
$58K
$76K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,570
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$19.30 - $38.73
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$19
$29
$39
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,586 - $102,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,299  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $6,904  
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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$57,667 - $106,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.30 - $38.73  
   
Overtime
$27.57 - $51.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,299  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $6,904  
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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$57,667 - $106,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Stem Cell, Biotechnology, and Project Management. The majority of those 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.


Process Development Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $72K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $85K. Process Development Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $98K. Process Development Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $104K.

Process Development Engineer Reviews

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 34%



National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Process Development Engineer Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 3%

Process Improvement
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
0%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
0%

National Average
$78,000

Product Development
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Biotechnology
up arrow 12%

Stem Cell
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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