Median pay for Chemical Process Engineers in the United States is around $75K annually. Total incomes of Chemical Process Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $14K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $53K and $112K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Chemical Process Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. 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. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$54,897 - $105,565
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$55K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,245
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$15.11 - $57.33
(Median)
$15
$29
$57
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,897 - $105,565  
   
Bonus
$509 - $14,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$53,151 - $112,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.11 - $57.33  
   
Overtime
$44.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$509 - $14,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$53,151 - $112,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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 $111K annually. Chemical Process Engineers most often advance into Chemical Engineer and Process Engineer positions even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Process Engineer


Survey results imply that Chemical Process Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Simulation, Engineering Design, and Chemical Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, and Project Management. Most people who know 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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $72K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $80K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $100K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,999

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

For Chemical Process Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Chemical Process Engineers will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+8 percent) and Denver (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 5 percent below the national average. Employers in Los Angeles and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Engineer Salaries




National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries


Simulation
up arrow 6%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Chemical Process Engineering
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Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$76,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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