Process Development Engineer Salary

Process Development Engineers in the United States take home approximately $77K annually on average. Final cash compensation to Process Development Engineers varies from around $59K to approximately $109K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $6K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Process Development Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Process Development Engineers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,036 - $104,436
(Median)
$59K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,317
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$19.41 - $38.60
(Median)
$19
$30
$39
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,036 - $104,436  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,414  
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $6,456  
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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$58,969 - $109,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 407
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
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 - $10,414  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $6,456  
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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$58,969 - $109,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


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. 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $73K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $87K. On average, Process Development Engineers make $98K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings 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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National Average
$79,000

Process Improvement
up arrow 1%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

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 82 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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 11%
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