Production Engineer Salary

Average Production Engineers in the United States make around $68K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Production Engineers can bottom out at $45K or peak near $100K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Production Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Production Engineers (86 percent) who took the survey. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance.

$46,660 - $95,321
(Median)
$47K
$68K
$95K
MEDIAN: $68,016
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$13.37 - $40.09
(Median)
$13
$20
$40
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,660 - $95,321  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,309  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $9,950  
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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$44,594 - $100,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 680
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.37 - $40.09  
   
Overtime
$18.52 - $52.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,309  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $9,950  
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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$44,594 - $100,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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


Production Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Well Production Engineering, Chemical Process Engineering, Operations Management, and Production Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design, Engineering Design, and Lean Manufacturing. For most people, competency in Lean Manufacturing indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Engineer

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $77K. Production Engineers see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $80K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Production Engineers, working in the bustling city of Midland has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Production Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Bakersfield (+60 percent), Houston (+31 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Production Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%



National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Production Engineer Salaries

Well Production Engineering
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Process Improvement
0%

National Average
$69,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Lean Manufacturing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
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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