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Production Engineer Salary

Production Engineers in the United States take home approximately $68K per year on average. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $46K and hits $99K on the high end. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Production Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (86 percent) of Production Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$47,078 - $94,707
(Median)
$47K
$68K
$95K
MEDIAN: $68,336
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$13.02 - $40.47
(Median)
$13
$20
$40
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$47,078 - $94,707  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,259  
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $9,863  
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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$45,548 - $99,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 660
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.02 - $40.47  
   
Overtime
$17.49 - $52.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,259  
   
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $9,863  
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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$45,548 - $99,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57

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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 who move on to become Petroleum Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Petroleum Engineers get paid an average of $102K per year. More often than not, a Manufacturing Engineer role is the next step for Production Engineers moving up in the field. Pay for Manufacturing Engineers is usually $61K. Many Production Engineers choose to take on a Process Engineer role instead, where salaries are typically $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 28 percent, 16 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design, Engineering Design, and Project Management. 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $65K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $77K. Production Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $80K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


For Production Engineers, Midland provides a pay rate that is 81 percent greater than the national average. Production Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Bakersfield (+59 percent), Houston (+30 percent), San Jose (+23 percent), and New York (+15 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Production Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%



National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Production Engineer Salaries

Well Production Engineering
up arrow 28%




Process Improvement
up arrow 1%

National Average
$69,000

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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