Chemical Process Engineer Salary

For Chemical Process Engineers, yearly average wages total $75K annually. Cash earnings for Chemical Process Engineers — including $11K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $57K to $111K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chemical Process Engineers. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Chemical Process Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,943 - $102,541
(Median)
$57K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,247
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$14.93 - $58.17
(Median)
$15
$32
$58
MEDIAN: $31.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,943 - $102,541  
   
Bonus
$257.60 - $10,901  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $7,682  
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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$56,529 - $111,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 638
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.93 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$23.23 - $55.75  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$257.60 - $10,901  
   
Profit Sharing
$964 - $7,682  
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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$56,529 - $111,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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 who go on to become Principal Process Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Principal Process Engineers is $109K annually. As Chemical Process Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Chemical Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $71K. Another common career choice for Chemical Process Engineers is to move into a Senior Chemical Engineer role — this promotion usually pays $103K.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Process Engineer


Survey results show that Chemical Process Engineers use a fair number of 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 35 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. Those educated in Chemical Process Engineering tend to be well versed in 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.


For Chemical Process Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $71K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $87K. On average, Chemical Process Engineers make $98K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $104K.

Pay Difference by Location


Chemical Process Engineers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%



National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 35%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 20%



Chemical Process Engineering
0%

Simulation
0%

National Average
$77,000

Technical Analysis
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%
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