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Chemical Process Engineer Salary

Pay for Chemical Process Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $75K annually. Total cash earnings of Chemical Process Engineers range from $56K on the low end to $111K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $11K and $8K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Chemical Process Engineers survey respondents are men (76 percent). For the most part, Chemical Process Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$55,655 - $102,238
(Median)
$56K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,040
10%
50%
90%

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$15.24 - $57.33
(Median)
$15
$32
$57
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
$55,655 - $102,238  
   
Bonus
$511 - $10,960  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $7,767  
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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$55,525 - $111,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 749
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.24 - $57.33  
   
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$511 - $10,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $7,767  
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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$55,525 - $111,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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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 $109K annually. A Chemical Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Chemical Process Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $71K on average. The Senior Chemical Engineer position is another common transition for Chemical Process Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $103K mark.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Process Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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 37 percent, 24 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Chemical Process Engineering are similarly competent 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 many Chemical Process Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $70K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $86K. For Chemical Process Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $98K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $107K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Chemical Process Engineers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above 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 39%



National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 37%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 24%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 15%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Chemical Process Engineering
0%

Technical Analysis
0%

Simulation
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 159 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

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: 70% employee benefits None: 6%