Chemical Process Operator Salary (United States)

Male Chemical Process Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.51 per hour in the United States. Pay generally spreads from $14.57 per hour to $32.65. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Chemical Process Operator Salary (?
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$36,954 - $79,567
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MEDIAN: $59,143
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Chemical Process Operator Salary (?
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$14.57 - $32.65
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,954 - $79,567  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,088  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $5,042  
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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$32,552 - $78,120  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $32.65  
   
Overtime
$20.34 - $49.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,088  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $5,042  
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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$32,552 - $78,120  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 457
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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, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $49K to $55K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $59K. As Chemical Process Operators reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $69K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$55,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Chemical Process Operators, Baton Rouge offers exceptional salaries, 10 percent above the national average. Chemical Process Operators will also find cushy salaries in Beaumont (+6 percent) and Houston (+4 percent).

Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$55,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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