A Chemical Operator earns an average wage of $20.48 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are HAZMAT, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

$34,738 - $96,136
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$96K
MEDIAN: $55,107
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50%
90%

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$14.15 - $30.79
(Median)
$14
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$34,738 - $96,136  
   
Bonus
$510 - $6,787  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$31,000 - $73,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.15 - $30.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.55 - $47.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$510 - $6,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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).
)
$31,000 - $73,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 556
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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

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Experience Affects Chemical Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Operator Salaries

HAZMAT
up arrow 39%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 37%

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
up arrow 16%

Operating Systems
up arrow 5%

Team Leadership
up arrow 4%

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 3%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$48,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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