Principal Process Engineer Salary

Principal Process Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $121K) surpassing six figures annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $27K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Principal Process Engineers can bottom out near $91K or peak near $177K depending on individual performance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (85 percent) of Principal Process Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$87,244 - $153,605
$87K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $120,616
10%
50%
90%

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$66.48 - $91.56
$77
MEDIAN: $77.00
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$0$176K
Salary $87,244 - $153,605
Bonus $2,970 - $24,854
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $20,361
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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$89,765 - $176,069
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 167
Hourly Data $0$91
Hourly Rate $77.00
Overtime $63.93
Annual Data $0$176K
Bonus $2,970 - $24,854
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $20,361
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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$89,765 - $176,069
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6

Job Description for Principal Process Engineer

Principal process engineers are responsible for analyzing process technologies and proposal support for engineering activities for their organization. These individuals are organized and have strong analytical skills to plan and implement different principal processes for engineering services or creation of products. They participate in the development of strict schedules, guidelines, and budgets for their departments. They work with other engineers to find ways to improve processes and find innovative solutions for determining priorities.

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Principal Process Engineer Tasks

  • Analyze evaluations and quality assessments for proper implementation of programs, systems specifications and quality standards.
  • Write proposal sections relevant to process design.
  • Analyze feed, product or equipment specifications and performance requirements to determine appropriate designs and processes.
  • Assist with analysis, evaluation and assessment leading to development of recommendations for system and process improvements.

Common Career Paths for Principal Process Engineer


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Principal Process Engineers often transition into a Senior Principal Process Engineer position. Senior Principal Process Engineers report a slightly lower median income of $112K. Principal Process Engineers most often move into positions as Chemical Engineers or Principal Process Development Engineers. Chemical Engineers actually earn $60K less on average, however, and Principal Process Development Engineers earn $24K less per year than Principal Process Engineers do.

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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer


Principal Process Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Process Improvement, Engineering Design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. For most people, competency in Chemical Process Engineering indicates knowledge of Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Process Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Principal Process Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Principal Process Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 15 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Principal Process Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Principal Process Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $129,000 based on 77 salaries. A Principal Process Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $140,000 based on 74 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $131,481

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Principal Process Engineers that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession.

Principal Process Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Principal Process Engineer?

Principal Process Engineer in San Diego:
"An advisor and cross functional team player."
Pros: Establishing work strategy and planning to the given projects.
Cons: "thats how we used to d it"

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Key Stats for Principal Process Engineer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
47%

Experience Affects Principal Process Engineer Salaries

▲6%

National Average
$131,000

▼2%

▼15%

Entry-Level
▼29%

Skills That Affect Principal Process Engineer Salaries


Process Improvement
▲13%




National Average
$131,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 7%