Process Improvement Director Salary

Process Improvement Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $117K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings for Process Improvement Directors — including $32K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $69K to $168K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Process Improvement Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$70,469 - $148,048
MEDIAN: $116,908

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$70,469 - $148,048  
$2,010 - $31,963  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $15,260  
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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).
$68,550 - $168,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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Job Description for Process Improvement Director

Process improvement directors hold an executive-level position in which they supervise all areas of process improvement within a company. Typically, companies which have multiple departments that must work together will employ process improvement personnel to help make operations more efficient. These directors will direct the departments' efforts, analyze areas which require attention, and analyze the results of their initiatives by studying data and reports and making changes as necessary.


Process Improvement Director Tasks

  • Lead process Improvement projects directly related to achievement of company goals and financial objectives.
  • Develop long-term process quality plans and monitor their execution.
  • Recruit, hire, develop, and evaluate personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the department.
  • Utilize internal performance data and customer feedback to identify opportunities to improve quality, service, and cost within the company.

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Process Improvement Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Strategic Project Management, Lean Manufacturing, and Business Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 24 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Process Improvement and Six Sigma Black Belt are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Process Improvement Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $77K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $116K. On average, Process Improvement Directors make $135K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $146K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Strategic Project Management
up arrow 34%

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 24%

Business Process Engineering
up arrow 16%

Lean Process Engineering
up arrow 12%

Project Management
up arrow 6%

Process Improvement
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


40 %
60 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 6%