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Senior Chemical Engineer Salary

Senior Chemical Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $98K per year on average. In the world of Senior Chemical Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $77K and $144K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $18K and $15K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male Senior Chemical Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$74,412 - $131,996
MEDIAN: $97,674

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$74,412 - $131,996  
$0.00 - $18,285  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $14,899  
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).
$77,103 - $143,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 492

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Job Description for Senior Chemical Engineer

A senior chemical engineer holds supervisory role in chemical plants, supervising other engineers that work below them. Their duties include overseeing engineering staff and approving technical reports, making product design changes, and other specifications, and performing administrative duties related to their subordinates, such as staff development, budgeting, and training. In addition, senior chemical engineers also implement and oversee the continual improvement of product design areas. This is mostly an indoor job, as the senior chemical engineer is generally tasked with proper facilitation and supervision of the chemical plant as opposed to hands-on, physical tasks.


Senior Chemical Engineer Tasks

  • Scale production processes from prototype to full manufacturing capacity.
  • Select, test, maintain, and upgrade equipment and safety procedures.
  • Develop, test, and validate processes to create desired products, focused on quality and regulatory compliance.

Common Career Paths for Senior Chemical Engineer

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For Senior Chemical Engineers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Chemical Engineers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Principal Process Engineer.

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Popular Skills for Senior Chemical Engineer

Senior Chemical Engineers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Simulation, Chemical Process Engineering, Technical Analysis, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Most people familiar with Chemical Process Engineering also know Technical Analysis and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Chemical Engineer

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

Senior Chemical Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $89K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $95K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $107K. 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 $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

Senior Chemical Engineers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Senior Chemical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.


18 %
82 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 4%