Chemical Process Engineer Salary

Median pay for Chemical Process Engineers in the United States is around $75K annually. Overall cash earnings for Chemical Process Engineers stretch from $56K on the lower end to $111K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $11K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chemical Process Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,736 - $102,184
(Median)
$57K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,091
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$14.93 - $58.17
(Median)
$15
$32
$58
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,736 - $102,184  
   
Bonus
$294.79 - $10,845  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $7,682  
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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$56,469 - $110,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 654
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.93 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$23.40 - $55.00  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$294.79 - $10,845  
   
Profit Sharing
$964 - $7,682  
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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$56,469 - $110,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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 who go on to become Principal Process Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Principal Process Engineers is $109K annually. More often than not, a Chemical Engineer role is the next step for Chemical Process Engineers moving up in the field. Pay for Chemical Engineers is usually $71K. Many Chemical Process Engineers choose to take on a Senior Chemical Engineer role instead, where salaries are typically $103K.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Process Engineer


Survey results show that Chemical Process Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Chemical Process Engineering are similarly competent in Data Analysis and Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Process Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $71K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $87K. Chemical Process Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $98K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $104K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Chemical Process Engineers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chemical Process Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%



National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 35%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 20%



Chemical Process Engineering
0%

Technical Analysis
0%

Simulation
0%

National Average
$77,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%
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