The average wage for a Chemical Process Operator is $22.95 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Systems Troubleshooting.
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$34,653 - $87,764
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MEDIAN: $60,465
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$34,653 - $87,764  
   
Bonus
$970 - $7,776  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$31,092 - $84,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $35.12  
   
Overtime
$22.58 - $58.28  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$970 - $7,776  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$31,092 - $84,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 319
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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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,064

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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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Experience Affects Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Process Operator Salaries

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
up arrow 27%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 16%

National Average
$53,000

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 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
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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