Process Improvement Engineer Salary

The average Process Improvement Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $68K per year. Total cash compensation for Process Improvement Engineers runs from $51K to $93K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Process Improvement Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$51,202 - $90,438
(Median)
$51K
$68K
$90K
MEDIAN: $67,862
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$12.04 - $97.89
(Median)
$12
$24
$98
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$51,202 - $90,438  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,572  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $6,112  
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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$50,844 - $93,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 390
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $97.89  
   
Overtime
$18.06 - $54.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,572  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $6,112  
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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$50,844 - $93,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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.

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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 Quality Improvement / QA, Project Management, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Six Sigma Green Belt. Most people experienced in Lean Manufacturing also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Process Improvement Engineer

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


For many Process Improvement Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $64K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $74K. Process Improvement Engineers see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Process Improvement Engineers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $95K.

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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

Late-Career
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National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Process Improvement Engineer Salaries


Project Management
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Six Sigma Black Belt
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Process Improvement
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Six Sigma
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National Average
$70,000

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 1%

Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 4%