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 tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. There are far more male Production Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. For the most part, Production Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,587 - $95,309
(Median)
$47K
$68K
$95K
MEDIAN: $67,974
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$13.45 - $40.00
(Median)
$13
$20
$40
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,587 - $95,309  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,349  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $9,933  
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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$44,524 - $100,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 685
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.45 - $40.00  
   
Overtime
$19.16 - $52.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,349  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $9,933  
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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$44,524 - $100,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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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Many Production Engineers move into a Petroleum Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $102K per year. The most common promotion for Production Engineers is a Manufacturing Engineer position, which usually brings in $61K 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 Skills for Production Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Well Production Engineering, Chemical Process Engineering, and Production Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 17 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Design, Engineering Design, and Lean Manufacturing. Those educated in Lean Manufacturing tend to be well versed 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 $77K. Production Engineers bring in $72K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $80K.

Pay Difference by Location


Production Engineers will find that Midland offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 83 percent. Production Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Bakersfield (+60 percent), Houston (+30 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), and San Francisco (+14 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 17%



National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Production Engineer Salaries

Well Production Engineering
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National Average
$68,000

Process Improvement
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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