Production Engineer Salary

Median pay for Production Engineers in the United States is around $68K annually. Total cash compensation to Production Engineers approaches anywhere from $45K on the lower end to $101K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $11K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. There are far more male Production Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 87 percent. The majority of Production Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,739 - $96,190

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$13.59 - $39.81

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,739 - $96,190  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,042  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $9,899  
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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$44,559 - $101,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 695
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $39.81  
   
Overtime
$19.28 - $52.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $9,899  
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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$44,559 - $101,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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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Advancing into a Petroleum Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Production Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $102K per year. Given that the median pay is $61K, it may be surprising to find that a Manufacturing Engineer is the most common role for Production Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Process Engineer role — which pays $71K — is also typical for Production Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Production Engineer


Survey results suggest that Production Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 27 percent, 17 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design, Engineering Design, and Lean Manufacturing. Those proficient in Lean Manufacturing are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management.

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 $65K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $78K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Production Engineers make a median salary of $72K. Production Engineers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Production Engineers, Midland offers exceptional salaries, 83 percent above the national average. Production Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Bakersfield (+60 percent), Houston (+31 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 2 percent south of the national average, can be found in Decatur.

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Experience Affects Production Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Production Engineer Salaries

Well Production Engineering
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Process Improvement
0%

National Average
$68,000

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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