Senior Principal Process Engineer Salary

Wages for Senior Principal Process Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($125K) per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Principal Process Engineers approaches anywhere from $91K on the lower end to $178K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Most Senior Principal Process Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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 may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Senior Chemical Engineer. The average pay for a Senior Chemical Engineer is $104K. Many Senior Principal Process Engineers go on to become Manufacturing Engineering Managers or Chemical Engineers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $41K lower and $64K 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 7 percent and 13 percent. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Chemical Process Engineering and Process Improvement.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $135,677

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Senior Principal Process Engineers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 15 percent.

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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 13%

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Engineering Design
up arrow 7%

Process Improvement

National Average

Project Management
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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%