Chemical Process Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Chemical Process Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $22.74 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 years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Chemical Process Operators is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$36,391 - $83,226
(Median)
$36K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,537
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$14.70 - $33.42
(Median)
$15
$23
$33
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,391 - $83,226  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,153  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $5,106  
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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$31,711 - $79,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.70 - $33.42  
   
Overtime
$20.92 - $51.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,153  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $5,106  
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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$31,711 - $79,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 423
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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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $49K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $59K. For Chemical Process Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $68K.

Pay Difference by Location


Chemical Process Operators will find that Port Arthur offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Chemical Process Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Lake Charles (+27 percent), Deer Park (+27 percent), Baton Rouge (+14 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Chemical Process Operators in St. Louis earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$55,000

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
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 4%
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