Chemical Process Engineer Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, 52 percent of Chemical Process Engineers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $76,529 per year. Pay generally spreads from $55,678 to $109,976 per year. Almost all employees get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Male Chemical Process Engineers are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Chemical Process Engineer Salary (?
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$55,361 - $101,994
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MEDIAN: $73,829
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Chemical Process Engineer Salary (?
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$17.31 - $48.00
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,361 - $101,994  
   
Bonus
$811 - $10,698  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$55,678 - $109,976  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,025
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.31 - $48.00  
   
Overtime
$24.37 - $55.62  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$811 - $10,698  
   
Profit Sharing
$973 - $8,000  
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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$55,678 - $109,976  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Job Description for Chemical Process Engineer

Today, the average home or workplace is filled with items and equipment made from thousands of constituent materials. Chemical process engineers are one of the driving forces behind the creation of many of these modern items. They assist in the research, planning, and implementation for new products through developing novel applications of techniques to turn raw materials into new kinds of materials. Through careful analysis, rigorous testing, and program design, they are involved in many types of industries, from manufacturing to healthcare to information technology.
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Chemical Process Engineer Tasks
  • Optimize day-to-day processes while considering environmental and supply variables.
  • Maintain engineering documentation, with emphasis on compliance with engineering codes and standards.
  • Oversee production environment, and track metrics like temperature, flow rate and electricity usage.
  • Propose, design, and oversee solutions for chemical process issues.

Common Career Paths for Chemical Process Engineer

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Chemical Process Engineers may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Principal Process Engineer may bring in a lot more money — an additional $31K annually. The most common promotion for Chemical Process Engineers, a Chemical Engineer position actually brings in $5,361 less. Another standard transition for Chemical Process Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Chemical Engineer role, where pay often climbs by $27K.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Process Engineer

Survey results suggest that Chemical Process Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 34 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD. Most people who know Chemical Process Engineering also know Technical Analysis and Data Analysis. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Process Engineer

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Chemical Process Engineers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $69,589, increasing to $85K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $100K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Chemical Process Engineers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $104K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 13 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
National Average
$77,000

Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 39%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 34%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 20%
Engineering Design
up arrow 6%
Project Management
up arrow 3%
Chemical Process Engineering
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Simulation
up arrow 2%
Technical Analysis
up arrow 1%
National Average
$77,000
Data Analysis
up arrow 3%
AutoCAD
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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