A sizeable majority of Senior Principal Process Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $132K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$104,753 - $175,564
MEDIAN: $132,333

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National Salary Data (?
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$104,753 - $175,564  
$2,936 - $33,702  
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$109,659 - $191,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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Job Description for Senior Principal Process Engineer

Senior principal process engineers are responsible for organizing and implementing processes in a production environment for their organizations, including creating process strategies and utilizing a range of resources. They typically use a personal computer to log process information, research engineering techniques, and prepare complex reports about their progress, and they work in an office/production environment depending on project requirements. They also use specialized engineering processes to identify opportunities to increase revenue, use less company resources, and promote new products or services.


Senior Principal Process Engineer Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Principal Process Engineer

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Senior Principal Process Engineers may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Senior Chemical Engineer. That position usually brings in $104K. Many Senior Principal Process Engineers choose to become Manufacturing Engineering Managers and Chemical Engineers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $44K less and $68K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Principal Process Engineer

Survey takers who work as Senior Principal Process Engineers report a focused set of job 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 3 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Chemical Process Engineering and Process Improvement.

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Experience Affects Senior Principal Process Engineer Salaries

National Average

up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Senior Principal Process Engineer Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 18%

up arrow 7%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Process Improvement
up arrow 2%

National Average

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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


7 %
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 10%