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Process Improvement Director Salary

Process Improvement Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $118K) surpassing six figures annually. With some bonuses approaching $31K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Process Improvement Directors spread between $73K and $170K 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 report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Process Improvement Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 60 percent. Work is enjoyable for Process Improvement Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$74,320 - $146,889
MEDIAN: $117,891

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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.
$74,320 - $146,889  
$2,016 - $31,175  
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).
$73,429 - $169,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153

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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 show that Process Improvement Directors use a fair number of 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, 26 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Process Improvement to be familiar with Six Sigma Black Belt as well.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $77K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $122K. Process Improvement Directors bring in $136K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $138K.

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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
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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.


40 %
60 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 7%