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Chemical Plant Manager Salary (United States)

With more than two-thirds of Chemical Plant Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Chemical Plant Managers is $93K annually and can range from $53K on the lower end to $158K per year near the higher end. In the world of Chemical Plant Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $19K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $53K and $158K. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Chemical Plant Managers is high. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Chemical Plant Manager Salary (?
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$52,693 - $137,709
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MEDIAN: $93,259
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Chemical Plant Manager Salary (?
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$14.38 - $29.36
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$52,693 - $137,709  
   
Bonus
$1,023 - $28,730  
Profit Sharing
$1,540 - $19,271  
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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$52,765 - $158,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 285
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $29.36  
   
Overtime
$26.62 - $36.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,023 - $28,730  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,540 - $19,271  
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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$52,765 - $158,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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Job Description for Chemical Plant Manager

Chemical plant managers oversee production of different chemicals that their company of employment produces. This may or may not be a hazardous job depending on what kind of chemicals the plant produces. Chemical plant managers must lead a team of production personnel in meeting production quotas and be able to manage any problems that may arise.
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Chemical Plant Manager Tasks
  • Meet budget goals and record all expenditures, and prepare reports.
  • Oversee safety, emergency response, maintenance goals, and implementations.
  • Hire, fire, direct, and motivate staff in daily operations and long-range goals.
  • Optimize deliveries, shipments, staffing, and production to minimize downtime.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Plant Manager

Chemical Plant Managers report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Chemical Process Engineering can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management. Those familiar with Operations Management also tend to know Production Management and Chemical Process Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Plant Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Chemical Plant Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $71K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $85K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $108K. Chemical Plant Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $115K on average. Age distribution in this workforce is quite spread out, with those with between one and nine years of experience accounting for 26 percent of the workforce, those with 10-20 making up 38 percent and those with more than two decades of experience rounding out the remaining 35 percent.

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Experience Affects Chemical Plant Manager Salaries

National Average
$98,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 13%
Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Chemical Plant Manager Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 28%
Operations Management
up arrow 2%
Production Management
up arrow 1%
National Average
$98,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 9%