Lean Six Sigma Black Belts earn an average of $83,107 per year, not including bonuses.
After several years of relatively flat numbers, the average worldwide Lean Six Sigma Black Belt salary rose to $83,107, up 5 percent over the previous year (Figure 4).
Since the 2004 report, the overall trend has been upward, with Lean Six Sigma Black Belts experiencing an average increase of 19 percent.
In a surprising turn of events, Lean Six Sigma Black Belts in Latin America, who historically have been among the lowest paid BBs around the world, reported the highest average annual salary at $103,500. Although this number represents a dramatic doubling over last year’s average annual salary, the small number of BB respondents in that region prohibit making too much of this increase.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belts employed in the United States and Europe earn average annual salaries of $92,157 and $76,944, respectively. In contrast, Lean Six Sigma Black Belts employed in India average $30,577 a year.
In the United States, Lean Six Sigma Black Belts working in the Western subregion reported the highest average salary at $95,648.
- Those in the Northeast states earn $92,394 in annual pay.
- Lean Six Sigma Black Belt working in the Central and Southern subregions reported an average salary of approximately $90,000 a year.
- The differences among subregional average salaries, however, are not statistically significant.
And that doesn’t include the bonuses that Lean Six Sigma Black Belts can expect.
According to the American Society for Quality (ASQ), in 2015:
In the U.S., full-time workers who complete at least one Six Sigma training program earn $99,943 compared to $82,238 for those who have not completed any training — a difference of $17,705. Canadian recipients with Six Sigma training make an average of $9,490 more than their counterparts with no Six Sigma training.
Respondents who have completed Six Sigma Green Belt training make $9,651 more than those without training, those with Black Belt training make $21,685 more than those with no training, and those with Master Black Belt training earn $46,745 more.
Respondents with Master Black Belt training make an average $128,983 in 2015, up from $126,311 in 2014 and $124,661 in 2013, according to the Salary Survey.