Chemical Process Engineer Salary

For Chemical Process Engineers, yearly average wages total $76K annually. Total cash compensation to Chemical Process Engineers approaches anywhere from $50K on the lower end to $114K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $13K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chemical Process Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,724 - $110,374
$52K
$76K
$110K
MEDIAN: $76,359
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50%
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$15.00 - $51.26
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$0$114K
Salary $51,724 - $110,374
Bonus $-0.48 - $12,512
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,128
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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$50,343 - $114,189
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 247
Hourly Data $0$67
Hourly Rate $15.00 - $51.26
Overtime $39.43
Annual Data $0$114K
Bonus $-0.48 - $12,512
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,128
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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$50,343 - $114,189
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 24

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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

  • Oversee production environment, and track metrics like temperature, flow rate and electricity usage.
  • Propose, design, and oversee solutions for chemical process issues.
  • Optimize day-to-day processes while considering environmental and supply variables.
  • Maintain engineering documentation, with emphasis on compliance with engineering codes and standards.

Common Career Paths for Chemical Process Engineer


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As Chemical Process Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Principal Process Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Principal Process Engineers earn $112K on average per year. Chemical Process Engineers most often move into positions as Chemical Engineers or Process Engineers. Chemical Engineers actually earn $6K less on average, however, and Process Engineers earn $6K less per year than Chemical Process Engineers do.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Process Engineer


Survey results imply that Chemical Process Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Simulation, Engineering Design, and Chemical Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Chemical Process Engineering also know Data Analysis and Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Process Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Chemical Process Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Chemical Process Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 171 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chemical Process Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Chemical Process Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 37 salaries. A Chemical Process Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,515

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

With a pay rate for Chemical Process Engineers that is 34 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 (+10 percent) and Denver (+3 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Chemical Process Engineer

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

▲33%

▲29%

▲6%

National Average
$78,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries


▲6%



National Average
$78,000

Data Analysis
▼1%



Microsoft Word
▼6%


AutoCAD
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 7%
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