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Production Engineer Salary

Production Engineers in the United States take home approximately $68K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Production Engineers ranges from $46K on the lower end to $97K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Production Engineers is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male Production Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$47,931 - $93,745
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $67,790
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$13.45 - $35.23
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$47,931 - $93,745  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,041  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $10,067  
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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$46,465 - $97,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 590
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.45 - $35.23  
   
Overtime
$9.79 - $52.11  
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 - $10,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $10,067  
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).
)
$46,465 - $97,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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Additional career progression can often lead to a hefty increase in pay for Production Engineers. Many move into a Petroleum Engineer role where pay averages at $103K per year. Becoming a Manufacturing Engineer or a Project Engineer is often the next step for a Production Engineer.

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Popular Skills for Production Engineer


Production Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Well Production Engineering, Production Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Aided Design, Engineering Design, and Project Management. Those proficient in Lean Manufacturing are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management.

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 $65K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $76K. Production Engineers bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Production Engineers, Bakersfield offers exceptional salaries, 86 percent above the national average. Production Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Midland (+83 percent) and Houston (+29 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Production Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 10%


National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Production Engineer Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 19%

Well Production 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 145 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
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: 6%