Senior Principal Process Engineer Salary

Salaries for Senior Principal Process Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($123K) per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Principal Process Engineers runs from $90K to $177K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $30K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. The majority of Senior Principal Process Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$89,462 - $166,163
MEDIAN: $123,334

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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.
$89,462 - $166,163  
$201.34 - $29,681  
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).
$90,436 - $177,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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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.

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As Senior Principal Process Engineers transition into upper-level roles like Senior Chemical Engineer, they may see a sharp decline in salary. Senior Chemical Engineers will usually earn $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 $39K less and $62K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for

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 8 percent and 14 percent. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Chemical Process Engineering and Process Improvement.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Senior Principal Process Engineers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 14%

up arrow 12%

Engineering Design
up arrow 8%

Process Improvement
up arrow 4%

National Average

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 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: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 3%