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Process Improvement Director Salary

Process Improvement Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $117K per year on average. In the world of Process Improvement Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $73K and $168K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $31K and $20K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Process Improvement Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$74,083 - $146,364
MEDIAN: $117,414

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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.
$74,083 - $146,364  
$2,009 - $30,728  
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).
$72,581 - $168,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148

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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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 14 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Process Improvement tend to be skilled in 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Process Improvement Directors. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $76K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $121K. Process Improvement Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $136K. Process Improvement Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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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
up arrow 28%

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 26%

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 8 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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 7%