Chemical Process Engineer Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, more than half of Chemical Process Engineers report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $76,529 per year on average. Compensation ranges from $55,678 on the low end to $109,976 per year on the high end. Overall cash income ranges from $55,361 near the bottom to $101,994) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $10,698 from bonuses and $8,000 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a majority earn vision coverage. Making up 76 percent of the field, male Chemical Process Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. For the most part, Chemical Process Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to 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 (?
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$55,678 - $109,976  
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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  
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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  
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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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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Chemical Process Engineers. At the upper end, those who move into a Principal Process Engineer role can bring in an extra $31K per year. A Chemical Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Chemical Process Engineers, though paychecks actually shrink by $5,361. a Senior Chemical Engineer position is another common transition for Chemical Process Engineers; in this role, salaries typically increase by $27K.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Process Engineer

Chemical Process Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD. Those familiar with Engineering Design tend to be well-versed in Data Analysis. Most people who know 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Beginning workers can expect to earn $69,589 starting out, which grows to $85K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $100K after one to two decades. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Chemical Process Engineers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $104K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 13 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

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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
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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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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%
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