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Chemical Plant Operator Salary (United States)

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 $21.44 per hour. Total cash compensation for Chemical Plant Operators runs from $32K to $73K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Chemical Plant Operators is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Chemical Plant Operator Salary (?
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$33,271 - $77,760
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MEDIAN: $52,576
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Chemical Plant Operator Salary (?
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$14.19 - $30.53
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,271 - $77,760  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,975  
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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$32,003 - $73,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $30.53  
   
Overtime
$18.05 - $46.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,975  
   
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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$32,003 - $73,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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.
Chemical Plant Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $49K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $52K. Chemical Plant Operators bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 22%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
National Average
$52,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%