Senior Principal Process Engineer Salary

Senior Principal Process Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $121K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Senior Principal Process Engineers vary widely between $89K and $173K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $29K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Senior Principal Process Engineers are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$87,531 - $164,111
MEDIAN: $120,929

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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.
$87,531 - $164,111  
$300.00 - $29,163  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $28,806  
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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).
$89,015 - $173,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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Job Description for Senior Principal Process Engineer

  • Suggest ideas for improvements, expansions, cost reduction, or production increase and availability.
  • Recommend process equipment to improve existing technology and enhance production.
  • Provide support and technical assistance for investment projects to ensure product quality and optimal cost-effective strategies are utilized.

Common Career Paths for Senior Principal Process Engineer

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As Senior Principal Process Engineers make advancements to positions like Senior Chemical Engineer, salaries may go down sharply. Usually, Senior Chemical Engineers make $103K. Senior Principal Process Engineers most frequently become Manufacturing Engineering Managers and Chemical Engineers even though median compensation is $38K lower and $60K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Principal Process Engineer

Survey results suggest that Senior Principal Process Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Simulation, Engineering Design, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Chemical Process Engineering and Process Improvement.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Senior Principal Process Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 13 percent above the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Principal Process Engineer Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Senior Principal Process Engineer Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 14%

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Engineering Design
up arrow 7%

Process Improvement
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National Average

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.


12 %
88 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 4%