Chemical Process Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Chemical Process Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $23.20 per hour nationwide. 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. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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 (?
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
$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.


For Chemical Process Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Chemical Process Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,596

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

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 will also find cushy salaries in Lake Charles (+28 percent), Deer Park (+27 percent), Baton Rouge (+26 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Chemical Process Operators' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Chemical Process Operators in Athens bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (20 percent lower) and Midland (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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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