Senior Chemical Engineer Salary (United States)

Senior Chemical Engineers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($102,112) annually in the United States. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all workers, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. In a profession dominated by men, 82 percent of Senior Chemical Engineers are male. Most Senior Chemical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Senior Chemical Engineer Salary (?
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$74,737 - $129,431
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MEDIAN: $96,979
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Senior Chemical Engineer Salary (?
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$35.60 - $85.00
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MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,737 - $129,431  
   
Bonus
$986 - $19,779  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $15,000  
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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$77,393 - $141,777  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 631
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$35.60 - $85.00  
   
Overtime
$36.87 - $88.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$986 - $19,779  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $15,000  
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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$77,393 - $141,777  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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.
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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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As Senior Chemical Engineers transition into upper-level roles, they do not see a turn in salary. For instance, a Principal Process Engineer usually earns the same amount as his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Popular Skills for Senior Chemical Engineer

Senior Chemical Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Simulation, Chemical Process Engineering, Engineering Design, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 8 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Chemical Process Engineering also know Technical Analysis and Engineering Design. Those familiar with Project Management tend to be well-versed in Engineering Design and Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Chemical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Senior Chemical Engineers, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Pay increases are minimal for Senior Chemical Engineers just starting out. Salaries only go from $89K to $100K after a decade. Experienced workers—those with 10 to 20 years in the field—see salaries climb into six-figure territory, bringing in about $106K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Senior Chemical Engineers and pay is expected at $122K. Age distribution in this workforce is widespread and evident in its breakdown: 36 percent of those who answered report one to nine years of experience; 35 percent claim 10-20 years, and 27 percent have more than two decades under their belt.

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Experience Affects Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$102,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries

Simulation
up arrow 10%
Technical Analysis
up arrow 4%
Engineering Design
up arrow 4%
Project Management
up arrow 3%
National Average
$102,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%
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