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The average salary for a Principal Process Engineer is $123,324.
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What Do Principal Process Engineers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Principal Process Engineer

3.7 out of 5
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Popular Employer Salaries for Principal Process Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Principal Process Engineer are from the companies Medtronic, Inc., Technip and MKS Instruments, Incorporated. Reported salaries are highest at Amgen Corporation where the average pay is $136,340. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include MKS Instruments, Incorporated and Technip, earning around $134,815 and $133,648, respectively. GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. pays the lowest at around $87,429. BAE Systems Inc. and Medtronic, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $115,000 and $121,865, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Principal Process Engineers?

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.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Principal Process Engineers?

An early career Principal Process Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $92,638 based on 14 salaries. A mid-career Principal Process Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $112,362 based on 60 salaries. An experienced Principal Process Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $125,420 based on 122 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $131,019.
Employees with Principal Process Engineer in their job title in Santa Clara, California earn an average of 23.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (22.5% more) and Houston, Texas (13.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota (7.3% less).

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