Chemical Technician Salary

The average Chemical Technician in the United States earns approximately $18.03 per hour. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chemical Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. For the most part, Chemical Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,456 - $68,238
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$68K
MEDIAN: $44,547
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$11.96 - $25.68
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,456 - $68,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,606  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$27,634 - $60,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $25.68  
   
Overtime
$17.60 - $39.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,606  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$27,634 - $60,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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.

Common Career Paths for Chemical Technician


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Chemical Technicians may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Chemist, which pays $48K on average annually.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Technician

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


Chemical Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 $50K. Chemical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $55K.

Chemical Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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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Experience Affects Chemical Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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