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Process Improvement Director Salary

Process Improvement Directors in the United States take home approximately $118K annually on average. Final cash compensation to Process Improvement Directors varies from around $79K to approximately $169K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $31K and $20K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Process Improvement Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 61 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction for Process Improvement Directors is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$76,984 - $146,315
MEDIAN: $118,041

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$76,984 - $146,315  
$2,025 - $30,816  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $20,134  
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).
$78,781 - $168,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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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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Survey results suggest that Process Improvement Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 28 percent, 25 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management. Employees educated in Process Improvement are typically practiced in Six Sigma Black Belt, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Process Improvement Director

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Process Improvement Directors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $77K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $119K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $137K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $139K on average.

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Experience Affects Process Improvement Director Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Process Improvement Director Salaries

Strategic Project Management
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Lean Manufacturing
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Business Process Engineering
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Lean Process Engineering
up arrow 9%

Process Improvement
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Six Sigma Black Belt
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National Average

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


39 %
61 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 8%