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Chemical Process Operator Salary

Male Chemical Process Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.70 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. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Chemical Process Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,785 - $85,862
(Median)
$36K
$60K
$86K
MEDIAN: $59,537
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$14.66 - $33.24
(Median)
$15
$23
$33
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,785 - $85,862  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,075  
Profit Sharing
$679 - $5,077  
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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$31,871 - $78,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $33.24  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $50.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,075  
   
Profit Sharing
$679 - $5,077  
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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$31,871 - $78,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 432

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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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $57K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chemical Process Operators make a median salary of $60K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Chemical Process Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $68K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Chemical Process Operators, Port Arthur offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Chemical Process Operators will also find cushy salaries in Deer Park (+27 percent), Baton Rouge (+10 percent), Beaumont (+6 percent), and Houston (+4 percent).

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

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 89 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%