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Production Engineer Salary

Average Production Engineers in the United States make around $68K annually. Incomes of Production Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $10K cause paychecks to spread between $46K on the low end and $99K on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Production Engineers. Production Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$47,142 - $94,391
(Median)
$47K
$68K
$94K
MEDIAN: $68,199
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$11.85 - $39.90
(Median)
$12
$20
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MEDIAN: $20
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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
$47,142 - $94,391  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,248  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $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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$45,947 - $98,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 654
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $39.90  
   
Overtime
$17.37 - $52.69  
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 - $10,248  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $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).
)
$45,947 - $98,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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. A Manufacturing Engineer role is the most common promotion for Production Engineers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $61K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Production Engineers is a Process Engineer position, where earnings are usually $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 28 percent, 16 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Design, Engineering Design, and Project Management. Most people who know Lean Manufacturing also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Engineer

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $77K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Production Engineers make a median salary of $71K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $80K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Midland offers some of the highest pay in the country for Production Engineers, 82 percent above the national average. Production Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Bakersfield (+57 percent), Houston (+30 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), and New York (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta.

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Experience Affects Production Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%



National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Production Engineer Salaries

Well Production Engineering
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Process Improvement
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National Average
$69,000

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
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
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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