Chemical Technician Salary

For Chemical Technicians, hourly average wages total $18.33 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Chemical Technicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction for Chemical Technicians is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,590 - $69,523
$30K
$43K
$70K
MEDIAN: $42,600
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50%
90%

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$11.64 - $26.28
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,590 - $69,523  
   
Bonus
$977 - $13,642  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$27,578 - $63,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.64 - $26.28  
   
Overtime
$17.40 - $49.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$977 - $13,642  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$27,578 - $63,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 120

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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

  • Apply, evaluate, and improve chemical processes and chemicals.
  • Record results meticulously, report all deviations from optimum and taking steps to remedy.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Chemical Technician


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Though it's uncommon, some Chemical Technicians move into roles as Chemists, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $48K per year.

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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. On average, Chemical Technicians make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $59K.

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Q: What is it like working as a Chemical Technician?

Chemical Technician in North Andover:
"A higher degree of chemistry."
Take course that will give you either a greater level of engineering or chemistry knowledge.

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Key Stats for Chemical Technician

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Chemical Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲43%

Experienced
▲28%

Mid-Career
▲11%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
▼9%

Skills That Affect Chemical Technician Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲12%

Data Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$41,000

Chemical Process Engineering
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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