Senior Principal Process Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior Principal Process Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $121K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $29K, total cash payment to Senior Principal Process Engineers can bottom out at $89K or peak near $173K. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (88 percent) of Senior Principal Process Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$86,472 - $163,867
MEDIAN: $120,604

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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.
$86,472 - $163,867  
$391.49 - $29,087  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $28,806  
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).
$88,613 - $173,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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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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Senior Principal Process Engineers may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Senior Chemical Engineer position, where pay tends to be around $103K. A lot of Senior Principal Process Engineers advance their careers by becoming Manufacturing Engineering Managers and Chemical Engineers. However, those positions offer $37K less and $59K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Principal Process Engineer

Senior Principal Process Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Simulation, Engineering Design, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Chemical Process Engineering and Process Improvement.

Pay Difference by Location

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Principal Process Engineers, 14 percent higher than the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Principal Process Engineer Salaries

National Average

up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Senior Principal Process Engineer Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 15%

up arrow 14%

Engineering Design
up arrow 8%

Process Improvement
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National Average

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 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: 72% employee benefits None: 4%