Chemical Operator Salary (United States)

A Chemical Operator earns an average wage of $19.50 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Safety Compliance, Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Troubleshooting, and Chemical Process Engineering.
Chemical Operator Total Pay (?
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$34,592 - $70,117
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $48,690
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Chemical Operator Total Pay (?
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$13.08 - $29.86
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,592 - $70,117  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,521  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $4,500  
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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$29,579 - $71,481  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.08 - $29.86  
   
Overtime
$17.42 - $45.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,521  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $4,500  
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).
)
$29,579 - $71,481  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 453
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Job Description for Chemical Operator

Chemical operators are responsible for monitoring equipment that uses and/or processes chemicals. Many variables need to be monitored, such as temperature, pressure, and fluid levels. These statistics are recorded by the chemical operator at timely intervals; if any problems occur, the chemical operator must handle the problem immediately to ensure safety and avoid further disruption in the machinery's operation. A chemical operator is also in charge of the safe handling and storage of chemicals, as well as testing and taking samples. The majority of chemical operator positions are found in industrial settings, primarily for companies that manufacture chemicals and the oil and gas industries. Chemical operators' working conditions vary. As most factories operate around the clock, shift work and night work may be required by some employers. The work is both indoors and outdoors, with outdoor work sometimes dominate (especially in the oil and electricity production industries).
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Chemical Operator Tasks
  • Monitor and maintain equipment, including adjusting controls, oiling or cleaning, and switching to backups.
  • Conduct laboratory tests and record results like pH, temperature, raw materials, water level, etc.
  • Process chemicals by following guidelines and instructions on equipment such as reactors, distillation systems, etc.
  • Package and transfer chemicals safely.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$45,000
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Experience Affects Chemical Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%
Experienced
up arrow 12%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Chemical Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 31%
Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
up arrow 26%
Troubleshooting
up arrow 22%
Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 11%
National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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