Process Improvement Director Salary

On average, Process Improvement Directors in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($115K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $31K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Process Improvement Directors can bottom out near $67K or peak near $167K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Male Process Improvement Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. Most Process Improvement Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$67,302 - $147,455
MEDIAN: $115,125

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$67,302 - $147,455  
$2,025 - $31,109  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $15,205  
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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).
$67,319 - $166,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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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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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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $74K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $113K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Process Improvement Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $134K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of 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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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 7%