Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Chemical Process Operators earn an average of $22.86 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,192 - $87,622
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MEDIAN: $63,703
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$14.40 - $35.42
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,192 - $87,622  
   
Bonus
$990 - $8,085  
Profit Sharing
$3,400  
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$31,225 - $86,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $35.42  
   
Overtime
$22.02 - $57.46  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$990 - $8,085  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,400  
Total Pay (?
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$31,225 - $86,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 328

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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

  • Process chemicals by following guidelines and instructions on equipment such as reactors, distillation systems, etc.
  • Package and transfer chemicals safely.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Chemical Process Operator


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Chemical Process Operators sometimes move into a Production Supervisor role, where the salary is similar. A lot of Chemical Process Operators advance their careers by becoming Chemical Operators and Production Operators. However, those positions offer $8K less and $18K less per year on average.

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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.


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 $59K. For Chemical Process Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $62K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Chemical Process Operators report making only $58K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,547

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Baytown offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chemical Process Operators, 54 percent above the national average. Chemical Process Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Port Arthur (+39 percent), Deer Park (+30 percent), Baton Rouge (+29 percent), and Beaumont (+28 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Chemical Process Operators is geography, with workers in Athens earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average.

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Q: What is it like working as a Chemical Process Operator?

Chemical Process Operator in Milton:
"Landing in a bright future."
Pros: Not the same every day lots of opportunity for growth. Lots of time off.
Cons: The long hours.

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Key Stats for Chemical Process Operator

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 93%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 46%

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
up arrow 31%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 15%

National Average
$54,000

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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