Average Principal Process Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Principal Process Engineer is $123,516.
MEDIAN $123,516
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$91k - $154k
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$979 - $20k
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$96k - $174k

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Job Description for Principal Process Engineer

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Principal Process Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Principal Process Engineer are from the companies Medtronic, Inc., MKS Instruments, Incorporated and Technip. Reported salaries are highest at MKS Instruments, Incorporated where the average pay is $134,815. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Pfizer, Inc., earning around $134,653. Medtronic, Inc. pays the lowest at around $121,865. Technip also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $133,648.

Career Paths

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Principal Process Engineer
Process Engineer
Program Manager, Engineering
Process Engineering Manager
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineer

Skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Engineering Design and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Manufacturing Process Engineering and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Process Engineer

An early career Principal Process Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $90,703 based on 13 salaries. A mid-career Principal Process Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $112,422 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Principal Process Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $126,841 based on 138 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $132,821.
Employees with Principal Process Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 12.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (10.5% more) and Greenville, South Carolina (5.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Essex Junction, Vermont (44.1% less), Minneapolis, Minnesota (7.1% less) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (4.3% less).

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