Chemical Plant Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Chemical Plant Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.18 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,833 - $89,044
$31K
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$89K
MEDIAN: $60,144
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$14.51 - $35.59
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MEDIAN: $20.18
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$30,833 - $89,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
Total Pay (?
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$31,666 - $81,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $35.59  
   
Overtime
$19.89 - $52.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
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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$31,666 - $81,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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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

Pay by Experience for a Chemical Plant Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Chemical Plant Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 68 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chemical Plant Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Chemical Plant Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 28 salaries. A Chemical Plant Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 19 salaries.

Key Stats for Chemical Plant Operator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Chemical Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲27%

Experienced
▲8%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 7%