Chemical Plant Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Chemical Plant Operators in the United States, bringing in about $20.20 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Chemical Plant Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,400 - $90,496
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$60K
$90K
MEDIAN: $60,174
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$14.39 - $35.17
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MEDIAN: $20.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$30,400 - $90,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
Total Pay (?
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$31,195 - $81,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $35.17  
   
Overtime
$19.53 - $52.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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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$31,195 - $81,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 115

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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

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

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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $46K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $51K on average. Chemical Plant Operators see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $64K.

Key Stats for Chemical Plant Operator

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Chemical Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

Mid-Career
▲4%

Experienced
▲3%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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