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Chemical Process Engineer Salary

An average Chemical Process Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $75K per year. Total cash compensation to Chemical Process Engineers bottoms out near $56K and approaches $111K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $11K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Chemical Process Engineers survey respondents are men (76 percent). Most Chemical Process Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,959 - $102,312
(Median)
$56K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,014
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90%

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$15.19 - $57.81
(Median)
$15
$33
$58
MEDIAN: $32.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$55,959 - $102,312  
   
Bonus
$501 - $10,721  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $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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$55,949 - $111,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 710
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.19 - $57.81  
   
Overtime
$23.49 - $55.42  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$501 - $10,721  
   
Profit Sharing
$513 - $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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$55,949 - $111,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Principal Process Engineer. The average Principal Process Engineer brings home $109K per year. Going from Chemical Process Engineer to Chemical Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Chemical Engineers is $71K. Many others choose to work as Senior Chemical Engineers, where pay is typically $103K.

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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 36 percent, 24 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Chemical Process Engineering indicates knowledge of 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 income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $71K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $86K. Chemical Process Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Chemical Process Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chemical Process Engineers, 15 percent above the national average. 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 39%



National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 36%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 24%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 14%


Simulation
up arrow 1%

Chemical Process Engineering
0%

Technical Analysis
0%

National Average
$77,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%
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