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 $23.77 per hour nationwide. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Chemical Process Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,693 - $92,039
$36K
$64K
$92K
MEDIAN: $63,593
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$14.60 - $38.36
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MEDIAN: $23.77
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$0$95K
Salary $35,693 - $92,039
Bonus $1,010 - $10,045
Profit Sharing $3,400
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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$32,508 - $95,022
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 69
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $14.60 - $38.36
Overtime $21.52 - $59.47
Annual Data $0$95K
Bonus $1,010 - $10,045
Profit Sharing $3,400
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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$32,508 - $95,022
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 311

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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 who move into a Production Supervisor role might bring in a slightly lower salary; Production Supervisors earn $51K a year on average. Many Chemical Process Operators choose to become Chemical Operators and Production Operators as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $11K less and $21K less, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Process Operator

Pay by Experience for a Chemical Process Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Chemical Process Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 220 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chemical Process Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 107 salaries. An experienced Chemical Process Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 83 salaries. A Chemical Process Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 46 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,482

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Baytown offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chemical Process Operators, 46 percent above the national average. Chemical Process Operators will also find cushy salaries in Port Arthur (+32 percent), Baton Rouge (+25 percent), Deer Park (+23 percent), and Beaumont (+20 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Chemical Process Operator's salary, with Athens Chemical Process Operators earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average.

Chemical Process Operator Reviews

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
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Experienced
▲12%

Late-Career
▲9%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$56,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
▲83%

Troubleshooting
▲31%

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
▲24%

Systems Troubleshooting
▲9%

National Average
$56,000

Chemical Process Engineering
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 7%
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