Chemical Technicians in the United States take home approximately $18.11 per hour on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chemical Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,663 - $66,365
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$66K
MEDIAN: $42,118
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$11.72 - $26.34
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,663 - $66,365  
   
Bonus
$977 - $6,904  
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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$27,116 - $63,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $26.34  
   
Overtime
$17.74 - $49.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$977 - $6,904  
   
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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$27,116 - $63,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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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 often end up in upper-level roles like Chemist. Chemists bring home $48K annually on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Technician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Chemical Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Chemical Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $58K.

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 43%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Chemical Technician Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 14%

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 13%

National Average
$41,000

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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