Chemical Process Engineer Salary

Chemical Process Engineers in the United States take home an average $75K annually. Total cash compensation to Chemical Process Engineers approaches anywhere from $56K on the lower end to $111K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $11K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Chemical Process Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Chemical Process Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,838 - $102,494

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$14.90 - $58.47

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,838 - $102,494  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $11,000  
Profit Sharing
$980 - $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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$56,410 - $111,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 631
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $58.47  
   
Overtime
$23.15 - $56.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$250.00 - $11,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$980 - $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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$56,410 - $111,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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. The most common career progression for Chemical Process Engineers leads to becoming a Chemical Engineer, where pay is typically $71K. However, many Chemical Process Engineers also opt to become Senior Chemical Engineers, a position that pays $103K on average.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Process Engineer


Chemical Process Engineers report using a wide range of professional 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, 19 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD. 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.


For Chemical Process Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $71K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $87K. Chemical Process Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $98K. Chemical Process Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $104K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chemical Process Engineers, 17 percent above the national average. 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 19%



Simulation
0%

National Average
$77,000

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 1%

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 106 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
7%

Common Health Benefits

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