Chemical Technician Salary

Median pay for Chemical Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $17.66 per hour. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Chemical Technicians survey respondents are men (78 percent). Most Chemical Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,047 - $70,990
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,947
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$12.15 - $24.41
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,047 - $70,990  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $6,104  
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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$28,227 - $60,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $24.41  
   
Overtime
$17.70 - $40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $6,104  
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).
)
$28,227 - $60,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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Job Description for Chemical Technician

A chemical technician works at a facility such as a plant that processes or deals with chemicals. Some examples of places that employ chemical technicians are water purification plants and waste treatment centers. The chemical technician may deal with chemicals that keep the facility’s equipment working correctly or that are used to treat the product the facility deals with. The technician should make sure that chemicals are treated and disposed of in line with laws and company policy. The technician will work with the compliance department to make sure all work is done according to health, environmental, and safety regulations.

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Chemical Technician Tasks

  • Conduct quality control and safety surveys, and log results across time for different sites.
  • Set up, operate, and maintain equipment to create, disseminate, use, or apply chemicals.
  • Apply, evaluate, and improve chemical processes and chemicals.
  • Record results meticulously, report all deviations from optimum and taking steps to remedy.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. For Chemical Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $58K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Chemical Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%
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