Process Improvement Director Salary

Process Improvement Directors enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($118K) annually in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $33K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Process Improvement Directors spread between $72K and $171K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of Process Improvement Directors (62 percent) who took the survey are men. The majority of Process Improvement Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$74,967 - $147,236
MEDIAN: $117,834

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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.
$74,967 - $147,236  
$2,004 - $33,291  
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).
$71,697 - $170,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 32 percent, 24 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Six Sigma Black Belt is a skill commonly found among those who know Process Improvement.

Pay by Experience Level for Process Improvement Director

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

Process Improvement Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $78K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $120K. Process Improvement Directors see a median salary of $137K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Process Improvement Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $143K.

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Experience Affects Process Improvement Director Salaries

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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
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Process Improvement
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Project Management
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.


38 %
62 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 6%