Chemical Plant Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Chemical Plant Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.50 per hour nationwide. Total incomes of Chemical Plant Operators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $31K and $75K. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,883 - $79,877
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,950
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90%

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$13.93 - $31.80
(Median)
$14
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,883 - $79,877  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $7,946  
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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$31,247 - $74,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.93 - $31.80  
   
Overtime
$16.42 - $46.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $7,946  
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).
)
$31,247 - $74,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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Job Description for Chemical Plant Operator

The chemical plant operator is usually hired by chemical manufacturing companies. This operator generally works in a factory or manufacturing facility. Many companies do not require any education beyond a high school diploma, although training at a technical school as a chemical operator can be preferable. The experience required varies, as some companies may be willing to hire those without previous experience in the industry. Others may require as many as 4 years’ worth of plant operator experience. Some knowledge of machinery and their maintenance and upkeep can be helpful, although not necessary for all positions in the field.

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Chemical Plant Operator Tasks

  • Take samples and watch chemical reactions to test for product conformance.
  • Adjust and calibrate equipment, working with technical personnel to achieve desired product specifications.
  • Monitor and interpret instrument panels and indicators, ensuring equipment performs as expected.
  • Unload, load, and package raw materials, waste products and products.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Plant Operator

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $54K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $50K. Chemical Plant Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $56K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $63K.

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Experience Affects Chemical Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 5%
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