Senior Principal Process Engineer Salary

Senior Principal Process Engineers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($125K) annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Senior Principal Process Engineers — including $30K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $91K to $178K depending on individual performance. Work is enjoyable for Senior Principal Process Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage.

$90,640 - $167,011
MEDIAN: $125,475

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$90,640 - $167,011  
$0.00 - $29,857  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $20,273  
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).
$91,048 - $177,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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 who take a Senior Chemical Engineer role, an upper-level role, may see a decrease in pay. Pay for Senior Chemical Engineers is usually $104K. A lot of Senior Principal Process Engineers advance their careers by becoming Manufacturing Engineering Managers and Chemical Engineers. However, those positions offer $41K less and $64K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Principal Process Engineer

Survey results show that Senior Principal Process Engineers use a fair number of 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 13 percent. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Chemical Process Engineering and Process Improvement.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $135,677

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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Principal Process Engineers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Principal Process Engineer Salaries

National Average

up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Senior Principal Process Engineer Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 13%

up arrow 10%

Engineering Design
up arrow 7%

Process Improvement

National Average

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


10 %
90 %

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%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 4%