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Senior Principal Process Engineer Salary

On average, Senior Principal Process Engineers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($119K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Incomes of Senior Principal Process Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $29K cause paychecks to spread between $88K on the low end and $172K on the high end. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. For the most part, Senior Principal Process Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$85,127 - $160,964
MEDIAN: $119,026

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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.
$85,127 - $160,964  
$493.16 - $29,051  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $28,603  
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).
$87,567 - $171,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193

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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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Many Senior Principal Process Engineers transition into upper-level roles like Senior Chemical Engineer. However, Senior Chemical Engineers do report a slightly lower median income of $103K per year. Senior Principal Process Engineers most frequently become Manufacturing Engineering Managers and Chemical Engineers even though median compensation is $34K lower and $56K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Principal Process Engineer

Senior Principal Process Engineers who responded to the survey report just a handful 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 10 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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, 16 percent higher than 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 18%

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Engineering Design
up arrow 10%

Process Improvement
up arrow 9%

National Average

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.


11 %
89 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%