Process Improvement Engineer Salary

Median pay for Process Improvement Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $69K annually. Total cash compensation to Process Improvement Engineers bottoms out near $51K and approaches $95K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Process Improvement Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$52,112 - $92,804
(Median)
$52K
$69K
$93K
MEDIAN: $68,568
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$14.54 - $38.31
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$15
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$52,112 - $92,804  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,953  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $6,128  
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).
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$50,502 - $94,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 450
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $38.31  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $57.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $6,128  
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).
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$50,502 - $94,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Job Description for Process Improvement Engineer

Process improvement engineers are in charge of identifying and developing procedural changes for their organization using engineering techniques. They perform functions relating to production design, manufacturing, and construction, and one of their main responsibilities includes collaborating with other engineers to find quality and efficiency issues during the production process. Process improvement engineers also participate in meetings to make recommendations on changes to improve efficiency and quality. They execute process improvement processes, perform root cause analysis, and create detailed reports about improvement issues.

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Process Improvement Engineer Tasks

  • Analyze equipment and safety specifications to provide recommendations.
  • Oversee transitions, upgrades, and shifts in job structure, including defining and tracking performance metrics.
  • Map and analyze processes and identify ways to reduce waste, improve work flow, and otherwise increase efficiency.
  • Document processes, instructions, recommendations, and key metrics.

Common Career Paths for Process Improvement Engineer


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A lot of Process Improvement Engineers move on to become Continuous Improvement Managers, that group gets paid a slightly higher $82K on average.

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Popular Skills for Process Improvement Engineer


Survey results suggest that Process Improvement Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma, Quality Improvement / QA, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Lean Manufacturing also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Process Improvement Engineer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Process Improvement Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $65K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $74K. On average, Process Improvement Engineers make $84K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $96K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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What is it like working as a Process Improvement Engineer?

Process Improvement Engineer in Houston:
"Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions,"
Pros: Interaction with all aspect and different facilities within the organization, flexibility, mentally challenging.
Cons: New area for me challenge is difficult, must instill cultural changes- difficult, need to change Managements way of thinking- extremely difficult.

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Experience Affects Process Improvement Engineer Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Process Improvement Engineer Salaries


Six Sigma
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Project Management
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Process Improvement
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National Average
$70,000

Lean Manufacturing
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Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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