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Chemical Process Engineer Salary

Earnings for Chemical Process Engineers in the United States come in at around $75K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Chemical Process Engineers varies from around $56K to approximately $111K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $11K and $8K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Chemical Process Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chemical Process Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,906 - $102,210
(Median)
$56K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,004
10%
50%
90%

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$14.96 - $57.81
(Median)
$15
$32
$58
MEDIAN: $32.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$55,906 - $102,210  
   
Bonus
$493.76 - $10,765  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $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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$55,833 - $110,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 694
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.96 - $57.81  
   
Overtime
$23.49 - $55.42  
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
$493.76 - $10,765  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $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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$55,833 - $110,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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 transition into a Principal Process Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $109K per year. A Chemical Engineer role is the most common promotion for Chemical Process Engineers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $71K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Chemical Process Engineers is a Senior Chemical Engineer position, where earnings are usually $103K.

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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 36 percent, 22 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Chemical Process Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $71K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $87K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chemical Process Engineers make a median salary of $97K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $108K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Chemical Process Engineers, 17 percent higher than the national average. Chemical Process Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%



National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 36%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 22%



Simulation
up arrow 1%

Chemical Process Engineering
0%

Technical Analysis
0%

National Average
$77,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%
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