Chemical Technician Salary

For Chemical Technicians, hourly average wages total $18.03 per hour. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Chemical Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Chemical Technicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies 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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 who become Chemists may see a small rise in pay. On average, Chemists earn $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.


Chemical Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. Chemical Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Chemical Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $55K on average.

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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