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Chemical Process Engineer Salary (United States)

A little more than half of Chemical Process Engineers report fewer than five years in the field, and the median pay in this field is about $74K per year. In the world of Chemical Process Engineers, overall income ranges from $56K near the bottom to $110K at the top; this can include more than $11K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Almost all employees report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and more than half collect vision insurance. Making up 76 percent of the field, male Chemical Process Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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  
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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Principal Process Engineer. Principal Process Engineers bring home $108K per year on average. 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

Chemical Process Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. Those familiar with Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Data Analysis. Most people familiar with Chemical Process Engineering also know Technical Analysis and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Process Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Chemical Process Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $70K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $85K. Chemical Process Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $98K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $104K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a majority land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise close to an eighth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

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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
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Technical Analysis
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National Average
$77,000
Data Analysis
up arrow 3%
AutoCAD
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 265 votes.

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%