Salaries for Production Engineers in the United States average out at around $69K annually, but Denver employers pay the most, offering approximately $123K on average. Production Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Midland (+76 percent), Oklahoma City (+57 percent), Bakersfield (+56 percent), and New York (+43 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,862 - $103,728
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MEDIAN: $69,369
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,862 - $103,728  
   
Bonus
$244.68 - $13,242  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $9,962  
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$42,774 - $111,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 620
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.89 - $31.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$21.83 - $51.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$244.68 - $13,242  
   
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $9,962  
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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$42,774 - $111,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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 Employer Salaries for Production Engineer


The Boeing Company offers the largest salaries in town — $87K on average.

Popular Skills for Production Engineer


Production Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Well Production Engineering, Operations Management, and Chemical Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 47 percent, 18 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Computer Aided Design and Engineering Design, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. 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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $66K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $79K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Production Engineers make a median salary of $76K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,994

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Experience Affects Production Engineer Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Production Engineer Salaries





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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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