Chemical Operator Salary

A Chemical Operator earns an average wage of $20.56 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Quality Assurance / Quality Control and HAZMAT.

$34,725 - $97,125
$35K
$54K
$97K
MEDIAN: $53,714
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$14.42 - $31.23
$14
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$34,725 - $97,125  
   
Bonus
$506 - $5,918  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $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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$31,726 - $74,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.42 - $31.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.75 - $47.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$506 - $5,918  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $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).
)
$31,726 - $74,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 541
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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

  • Process chemicals by following guidelines and instructions on equipment such as reactors, distillation systems, etc.
  • Package and transfer chemicals safely.
  • 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.

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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

National Average: $48,354

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Key Stats for Chemical Operator

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Chemical Operator Salaries

▲20%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$48,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Chemical Operator Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲38%

HAZMAT
▲36%

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
▲6%

Operating Systems
▲5%

Team Leadership
▲4%

chemical operator
▲4%



National Average
$48,000

Troubleshooting
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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