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Chemical Process Operator Salary (United States)

Male Chemical Process Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.93 per hour in the United States. Final cash compensation to Chemical Process Operators varies from around $32K to approximately $78K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $5K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Chemical Process Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Chemical Process Operator Salary (?
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$34,765 - $81,280
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MEDIAN: $58,718
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Chemical Process Operator Salary (?
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$14.75 - $32.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,765 - $81,280  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,746  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,059  
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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$32,337 - $77,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.75 - $32.77  
   
Overtime
$20.94 - $49.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,746  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,059  
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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$32,337 - $77,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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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.
For many Chemical Process Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $49K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $55K on average. Chemical Process Operators bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Chemical Process Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $69K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$55,000
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Chemical Process Operators will find that Deer Park offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Chemical Process Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baton Rouge (+8 percent), Beaumont (+7 percent), Houston (+4 percent), and Baytown (+3 percent).
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Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$55,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%