Earnings for Process Improvement Engineers in the United States come in at around $68K annually on average. Cash earnings for Process Improvement Engineers — including $10K in bonuses and $13K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $49K to $96K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Process Improvement Engineers. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Process Improvement Engineers survey respondents are men (72 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,650 - $92,801
(Median)
$51K
$68K
$93K
MEDIAN: $68,045
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90%

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$16.42 - $35.75
(Median)
$16
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$50,650 - $92,801  
   
Bonus
$257.60 - $10,219  
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $12,800  
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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$49,047 - $95,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 316
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$16.42 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$21.82 - $58.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$257.60 - $10,219  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $12,800  
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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$49,047 - $95,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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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Process Improvement Engineers may enjoy increased earnings if they become Continuous Improvement Managers. This seems to be a popular career move, and Continuous Improvement Manager earn a slightly higher median of $81K annually.

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Popular Skills for Process Improvement Engineer


Survey results imply that Process Improvement Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Fortunate workers who know Six Sigma Black Belt can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Lean Process Engineering, Quality Improvement / QA, 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.


Process Improvement Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $75K. Process Improvement Engineers bring in $85K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $96K.

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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
$69,000


Skills That Affect Process Improvement Engineer Salaries


Six Sigma
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Process Improvement
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Lean Manufacturing
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Project Management
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National Average
$69,000

Chemical Process Engineering
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Six Sigma Green Belt
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Lean Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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