Process Improvement Director Salary

Average pay for a Process Improvement Director in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $118K per year. Total incomes of Process Improvement Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $33K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $71K and $170K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Process Improvement Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 63 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Process Improvement Directors is high.

$74,765 - $146,783
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.
$74,765 - $146,783  
$2,019 - $33,452  
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).
$71,237 - $169,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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. Competency in Process Improvement frequently indicates knowledge of Six Sigma Black Belt.

Pay by Experience Level for Process Improvement Director

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

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Process Improvement Directors. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $77K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $120K. Process Improvement Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $137K. Process Improvement Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $142K on average.

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Experience Affects Process Improvement Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Process Improvement Director Salaries

Strategic Project Management
up arrow 32%

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 24%

Business Process Engineering
up arrow 14%

Lean Process Engineering
up arrow 10%

Project Management
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Process Improvement
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

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


37 %
63 %

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: 78% employee benefits None: 6%