Chemical Process Operator Salary

Male Chemical Process Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.68 per hour in the United States. Final cash compensation to Chemical Process Operators varies from around $32K to approximately $79K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $5K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,293 - $83,496

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$14.65 - $33.46

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,293 - $83,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,205  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $5,117  
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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$31,594 - $79,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.65 - $33.46  
   
Overtime
$20.84 - $51.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,205  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $5,117  
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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$31,594 - $79,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 422
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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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $58K. For Chemical Process Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $68K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Chemical Process Operators, Port Arthur offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Chemical Process Operators will also find cushy salaries in Lake Charles (+28 percent), Deer Park (+28 percent), Baton Rouge (+21 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Compared to the national average, Athens Chemical Process Operators have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in St. Louis and Midland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (23 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%
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