Production Engineer Salary

An average Production Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $70K annually. Total cash compensation to Production Engineers bottoms out near $46K and approaches $111K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Production Engineers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. For the most part, Production Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$47,809 - $101,848
(Median)
$48K
$70K
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MEDIAN: $69,623
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$13.59 - $39.92
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,809 - $101,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,889  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $9,827  
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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$45,606 - $111,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 836
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $39.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.17  
Overtime
$20.10 - $51.22  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,889  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $9,827  
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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$45,606 - $111,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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Job Description for Production Engineer

A product engineer is responsible for overseeing the production of a product, typically in an indoor factory setting. They are responsible for ensuring that production demands are met efficiently and cost effectively. They often must decide which materials should be used to construct a product, how to assemble a product to ensure quality, and how to operate a production line with both machinery and manpower. Production engineers must work with company leaders to determine the demand for the product and the budget under which the product must be produced. The product engineer must work with the computer software that operates the factory machinery, as well as factory and production employees to ensure that tasks are being completed efficiently. Often, they are responsible for determining the number of employees needed to produce the product and are usually involved in the hiring process of those employees.

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Production Engineer Tasks

  • Modify and update all Safety Information and procedures.
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement.
  • Assist in process hazard analysis and drive resulting action items to completion.
  • Perform training to operators on new processes.

Common Career Paths for Production Engineer


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Production Engineers often transition into Petroleum Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Petroleum Engineers earn $103K per year. The most common promotion for Production Engineers is a Manufacturing Engineer position, which usually brings in $62K a year. Another standard transition for Production Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Process Engineer role, where pay is often $71K.

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Popular Skills for Production Engineer


Survey results show that Production Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Well Production Engineering, Chemical Process Engineering, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Computer Aided Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Engineering Design and Manufacturing Process Engineering also typically command lower compensation. Competency in Lean Manufacturing frequently indicates knowledge of Process Improvement.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Engineer

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $66K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $79K. Production Engineers bring in $75K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $87K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,003

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Production Engineers will find that Bakersfield offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 77 percent. Production Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Midland (+73 percent), Oklahoma City (+55 percent), Houston (+32 percent), and Denver (+24 percent). Minneapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Production Engineer Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Production Engineer Salaries





Process Improvement
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National Average
$70,000

Project Management
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Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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