Production Engineer Salary

Production Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $70K per year. Total cash compensation to Production Engineers bottoms out near $46K and approaches $111K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more male Production Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of Production Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$47,809 - $101,848
(Median)
$48K
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MEDIAN: $69,623
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$13.59 - $39.92
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,809 - $101,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,889  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $9,827  
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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$45,606 - $111,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 836
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $39.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.17  
Overtime
$20.10 - $51.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,889  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $9,827  
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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$45,606 - $111,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Petroleum Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $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 Skills for Production Engineer


Production Engineers seem to require a number of specific 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 35 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Computer Aided Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Engineering Design and Manufacturing Process Engineering also typically command lower compensation. Those with knowledge of Lean Manufacturing tend to be skilled in Process Improvement as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Engineer

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $66K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $79K. Production Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $75K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $87K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,003

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Production Engineers, Bakersfield offers exceptional salaries, 77 percent above the national average. Production Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Midland (+73 percent), Oklahoma City (+55 percent), Houston (+32 percent), and Denver (+24 percent). Minneapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Production Engineer Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Production Engineer Salaries





Process Improvement
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National Average
$70,000

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Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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