Chemical Process Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Chemical Process Operators earn an average of $23.20 per hour. Total cash compensation to Chemical Process Operators bottoms out near $32K and approaches $80K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Chemical Process Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,523 - $85,634
(Median)
$38K
$58K
$86K
MEDIAN: $58,428
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$14.85 - $33.98
(Median)
$15
$23
$34
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,523 - $85,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,860  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $5,128  
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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$31,667 - $80,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $33.98  
   
Overtime
$22.46 - $51.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,860  
   
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $5,128  
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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$31,667 - $80,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 478
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Job Description for Chemical Process Operator

Chemical process operator positions are classified as processing and production jobs. The chemical process operator is responsible for all chemical mixing, processing, and packaging operations within the production area. The operator must know and observe all safety procedures, organizational rules, and environmental policies. They are responsible for transferring the products through the various process and storage areas using conveyors, tanks, and other transfer systems. Additionally, the chemical process operator researches and troubleshoots any problems that occur during product transfer and reports these issues to the maintenance department. The chemical process operator may also be responsible for loading and unloading chemical delivery vehicles, conducting chemical product inventory, and ensuring general cleanliness of the area in which they work.

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Chemical Process Operator Tasks

  • Monitor and maintain equipment, including adjusting controls, oiling or cleaning, and switching to backups.
  • Conduct laboratory tests and record results like pH, temperature, raw materials, water level, etc.
  • Process chemicals by following guidelines and instructions on equipment such as reactors, distillation systems, etc.
  • Package and transfer chemicals safely.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Process Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Chemical Process Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $58K. Chemical Process Operators see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $67K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,596

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For those looking to make money, Chemical Process Operators in Port Arthur enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Chemical Process Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Lake Charles (+28 percent), Deer Park (+27 percent), Baton Rouge (+26 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Chemical Process Operators is geography, with workers in Athens earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. St. Louis and Midland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 20 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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