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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 $21.65 per hour. Final cash compensation to Chemical Plant Operators varies from around $32K to approximately $75K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $8K, respectively. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,883 - $79,877
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$80K
MEDIAN: $55,268
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90%

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$14.30 - $31.67
(Median)
$14
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,883 - $79,877  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,008  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $7,891  
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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$32,138 - $74,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $31.67  
   
Overtime
$16.81 - $47.02  
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 - $5,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$990 - $7,891  
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).
)
$32,138 - $74,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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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.


For Chemical Plant Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $50K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $54K on average. On average, Chemical Plant Operators make $56K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $65K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Chemical Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

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
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%
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