Production Engineer Salary

Average Production Engineers in the United States make around $68K per year. Cash earnings of Production Engineers can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $46K to almost $98K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. There are far more male Production Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 87 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Production Engineers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,686 - $94,391
(Median)
$48K
$68K
$94K
MEDIAN: $68,151
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$12.80 - $32.66
(Median)
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$47,686 - $94,391  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,169  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $9,826  
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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$45,794 - $98,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 634
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.80 - $32.66  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $51.74  
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 - $10,169  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $9,826  
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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$45,794 - $98,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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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. Becoming a Manufacturing Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Production Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Manufacturing Engineer is $61K. Another frequent advance is for Production Engineers to assume a Process Engineer role; in this role, workers often take home $71K.

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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 31 percent, 17 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design, Engineering Design, and Project Management. Most people skilled in Lean Manufacturing are similarly competent in 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 $76K. Production Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


Bakersfield is home to an above-average pay rate for Production Engineers, 83 percent higher than the national average. Production Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Midland (+83 percent) and Houston (+29 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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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Chemical Process Engineering
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Process Improvement
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National Average
$68,000

Lean Manufacturing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%