Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager Salary

Earnings for Six Sigma Black Belt Project Managers in the United States come in at around $89K annually on average. Compensation ranges from $60K on the lower end to $138K per year on the higher end. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $19K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $60K and hits $138K on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the specific company. Nearly all have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. For the most part, Six Sigma Black Belt Project Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Six Sigma Black Belt Project Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$58,835 - $125,506
(Median)
$59K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,948
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90%

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$16.03 - $98.99
(Median)
$16
$40
$99
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,835 - $125,506  
   
Bonus
$982 - $18,685  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $19,458  
Commission
$0.00  
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).
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$59,686 - $137,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 917
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$16.03 - $98.99  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $52.85  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$982 - $18,685  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $19,458  
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).
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$59,686 - $137,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager

Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB) project managers are highly specialized business professionals who have been trained and certified in the most effective techniques in the business world. Six Sigma is an education program that originated in 1985; this program develops individuals and gives them strategies and cognitive tools to improves processes at their company. This means that SSBB project managers are experts at identifying problems or issues in business processes and providing solutions to these problems. Usually, these types of individuals are employed in manufacturing, production or business settings. On a day to day basis, they are assigned to and oversee a particular process of a given company with the goal of minimizing variability and maximizing efficiency and workflow. Individuals who train with Six Sigma are also taught expert techniques in business communication and the administration of discipline and motivation.

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Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager Tasks

  • Communicate and implement changes to improve efficiency, workflow, and productivity.
  • Review task statuses with team members and address any obstacles.
  • Plan, document, execute, and monitor projects using lean methodologies.
  • Lead cross-functional teams to achieve diverse objectives in replicable, scalable ways.

Common Career Paths for Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager


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Six Sigma Black Belt Project Managers who transition into a VP of Operations role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $123K per year. Six Sigma Black Belt Project Managers most often move into positions as Process Improvement Managers or Continuous Improvement Managers. Process Improvement Managers actually earn $17K less on average, however, and Continuous Improvement Managers earn $12K less per year than Six Sigma Black Belt Project Managers do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager


The biggest paychecks can be found at Caterpillar, Inc. — the median salary there is $117K.

Popular Skills for Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager


Six Sigma Black Belt Project Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Project Management, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Process Engineering, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Program Management. Most people experienced in Process Improvement also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Six Sigma Black Belt Project Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $79K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $94K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $108K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $123K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,853

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Six Sigma Black Belt Project Managers will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Six Sigma Black Belt Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+22 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Minneapolis (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Jacksonville, 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Milwaukee and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager Salaries




National Average
$94,000


Skills That Affect Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager Salaries

Strategic Project Management
up arrow 4%

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 3%

Lean Process Engineering
up arrow 2%

Process Improvement
0%

National Average
$94,000

Six Sigma Black Belt
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Program Management
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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