Chemical Process Operator Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Chemical Process Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $22.51 per hour. Compensation starts at $14.57 per hour and can reach $32.65. Total cash earnings range from $36,954 on the low end to $79,567 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $5,088 and $5,042, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; the vast majority receive both medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to 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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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.
Chemical Process Operators do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $49K to $55K. Compensation is $59K after 10 to 20 years. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Chemical Process Operators after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $69K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$55,000
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Surpassing the national average by 10 percent, Chemical Process Operators in Baton Rouge receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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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Experienced
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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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