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 $22.76 per hour nationwide. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Chemical Process Operators spread between $32K and $79K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level 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 majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,488 - $82,997
(Median)
$36K
$59K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,413
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$14.71 - $33.39
(Median)
$15
$23
$33
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,488 - $82,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,136  
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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$31,680 - $79,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $33.39  
   
Overtime
$20.88 - $51.20  
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 - $6,136  
   
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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$31,680 - $79,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426
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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. 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 $58K. On average, Chemical Process Operators make $59K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Chemical Process Operators that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Port Arthur offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chemical Process Operators will also find cushy salaries in Lake Charles (+27 percent), Deer Park (+27 percent), Baton Rouge (+14 percent), and Houston (+13 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 23%

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 84 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 4%
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