Chemical Process Engineer Salary

Chemical Process Engineers in the United States take home an average $77K per year. Total incomes of Chemical Process Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $58K and $112K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a fair number collect vision insurance. Most Chemical Process Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Chemical Process Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,963 - $102,658
(Median)
$58K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,125
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$15.09 - $59.39
(Median)
$15
$33
$59
MEDIAN: $32.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,963 - $102,658  
   
Bonus
$50.00 - $12,057  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $7,221  
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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$58,100 - $111,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 498
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $59.39  
   
Overtime
$26.02 - $67.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$50.00 - $12,057  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $7,221  
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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$58,100 - $111,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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 large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Principal Process Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $110K annually. Chemical Process Engineers most often move into positions as Chemical Engineers or Process Engineers. Chemical Engineers actually earn $7K less on average, however, and Process Engineers earn $7K less per year than Chemical Process Engineers do.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Process Engineer


Survey results suggest that Chemical Process Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 32 percent, 14 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Project Management, and Data Analysis. Most people experienced in Chemical Process Engineering also know 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Chemical Process Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $72K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $90K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $100K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $107K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,521

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Chemical Process Engineers that is 21 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chemical Process Engineers will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+5 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%



National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 32%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 14%


Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Technical Analysis
0%

National Average
$79,000

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 1%

Simulation
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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