Average Entry-Level Process Engineer Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Process Engineer is $64,899.
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$51k - $81k
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$498 - $7k
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$49k - $84k

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Job Description for Process Engineer

Process Engineer Tasks
  • Analyze how process changes will effect overall production and the product.
  • Perform troubleshooting on plant equipment and systems.
  • Lead project planning and project management of small capital upgrades to the plant.
  • Implement process improvements to reduce cost and increase efficiency.
The top respondents for the job title Process Engineer are from the companies Intel Corporation, Applied Materials Inc and Corning Incorporated. Reported salaries are highest at Lam Research Incorporated where the average pay is $113,406. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Applied Materials Inc and Intel Corporation, earning around $95,766 and $77,487, respectively. Applied Medical Incorporated pays the lowest at around $61,395. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. and Corning Incorporated also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $64,329 and $68,267, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Process Engineer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Process Engineer

An early career Process Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $70,181 based on 5,767 salaries. A mid-career Process Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,568 based on 2,478 salaries. An experienced Process Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $87,572 based on 1,120 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $86,599.
Employees with Process Engineer in their job title in Hillsboro, Oregon earn an average of 61.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Portland, Oregon (28.3% more) and Houston, Texas (16.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (3.9% less).

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