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Chemical Process Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Chemical Process Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $22.72 per hour. Total cash compensation to Chemical Process Operators approaches anywhere from $32K on the lower end to $79K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. For the most part, Chemical Process Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,630 - $85,570
(Median)
$36K
$60K
$86K
MEDIAN: $59,658
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$14.77 - $33.43
(Median)
$15
$23
$33
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,630 - $85,570  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,112  
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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$31,921 - $78,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $33.43  
   
Overtime
$20.92 - $51.12  
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 - $6,112  
   
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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$31,921 - $78,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Chemical Process Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $58K. Chemical Process Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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


For those looking to make money, Chemical Process Operators in Port Arthur enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Chemical Process Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Deer Park (+27 percent), Baton Rouge (+11 percent), Beaumont (+7 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Chemical Process Operators in St. Louis make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

 
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Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%
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