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Senior Principal Process Engineer Salary

Wages for Senior Principal Process Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($119K) per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $29K each, total incomes of Senior Principal Process Engineers generally range from $88K to $172K depending on individual performance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and the greater part collect vision insurance. Male Senior Principal Process Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire.

$86,494 - $161,408
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.
$86,494 - $161,408  
$412.17 - $29,155  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $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).
$88,344 - $172,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189

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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 often transition into a Senior Chemical Engineer position. Senior Chemical Engineers report a slightly lower median income of $103K. Senior Principal Process Engineers most often advance into Manufacturing Engineering Manager and Chemical Engineer positions even though the median salaries are $34K lower and $56K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Principal Process Engineer

Senior Principal Process Engineers report using a wide range 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Chemical Process Engineering and Process Improvement.

Pay Difference by Location

For Senior Principal Process Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Principal Process Engineer Salaries

National Average

up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Senior Principal Process Engineer Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 18%

up arrow 17%

Engineering Design
up arrow 10%

Process Improvement
up arrow 8%

National Average

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 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%