Chemical Process Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $76K annually. Overall cash earnings for Chemical Process Engineers stretch from $55K on the lower end to $117K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $14K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Chemical Process Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Chemical Process Engineers is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$54,854 - $113,903
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MEDIAN: $75,864
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$15.46 - $58.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,854 - $113,903  
   
Bonus
$506 - $13,530  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,017  
Total Pay (?
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$54,586 - $117,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$25.92 - $493.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$506 - $13,530  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,017  
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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$54,586 - $117,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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.

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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 $111K per year. Chemical Process Engineers most often advance into Chemical Engineer and Process Engineer positions even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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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, skills in Technical Analysis, Simulation, Engineering Design, and Chemical Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. 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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $72K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $81K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $103K on average. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,880

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

For Chemical Process Engineers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Chemical Process Engineers will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+7 percent) and Denver (+4 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Chemical Process Engineer

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Chemical Process Engineer Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries


Simulation
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$77,000


Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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