Process Development Engineer Salary

An average Process Development Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $77K per year. In the world of Process Development Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $58K and $109K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Process Development Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Process Development Engineers are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$58,620 - $104,346
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$59K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,476
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$18.91 - $39.05
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,620 - $104,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,939  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $8,036  
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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$57,687 - $108,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 416
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.91 - $39.05  
   
Overtime
$27.27 - $58.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $8,036  
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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$57,687 - $108,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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 wide range of professional skills. 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 educated in Manufacturing Process Engineering tend to be well versed 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $73K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $87K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $101K on average. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $110K.

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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
$78,000


Skills That Affect Process Development Engineer Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
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Process Improvement
0%

National Average
$78,000

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Product Development
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Project Management
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Biotechnology
up arrow 13%

Stem Cell
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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