Chemical Process Engineer Salary

Pay for Chemical Process Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $77K annually. Overall cash earnings for Chemical Process Engineers stretch from $58K on the lower end to $112K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Chemical Process Engineers survey respondents are men (75 percent). Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$57,963 - $102,658
(Median)
$58K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,125
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$15.09 - $59.39
(Median)
$15
$33
$59
MEDIAN: $32.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,963 - $102,658  
   
Bonus
$50.00 - $12,057  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $7,221  
Total Pay (?
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$58,100 - $111,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 498
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $59.39  
   
Overtime
$26.02 - $67.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$50.00 - $12,057  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $7,221  
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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$58,100 - $111,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Principal Process Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $110K annually. Chemical Process Engineers most frequently advance into Chemical Engineer and Process Engineer roles even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $7K 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, facility with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 14 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Project Management, and Data Analysis. Most people experienced in Chemical Process Engineering also know 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.


Chemical Process Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $72K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $90K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $100K. 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

National Average: $78,521

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

Home to some of the best pay for Chemical Process Engineers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Chemical Process Engineers will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+5 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%



National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 32%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 14%


Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Technical Analysis
0%

National Average
$79,000

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 1%

Simulation
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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