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Senior Chemical Engineer Salary (United States)

Generous salaries abound for Senior Chemical Engineers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Chemical Engineers stretch from $78K on the lower end to $141K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $19K from bonuses and $14K from profit sharing. The majority of Senior Chemical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Senior Chemical Engineers are male. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$74,804 - $130,104
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MEDIAN: $97,145
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Senior Chemical Engineer Salary (?
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$35.28 - $78.91
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,804 - $130,104  
   
Bonus
$518 - $19,310  
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $14,418  
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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$77,627 - $141,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 577
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$35.28 - $78.91  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$518 - $19,310  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $14,418  
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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$77,627 - $141,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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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Senior Chemical Engineers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Principal Process Engineer. Median pay for Principal Process Engineers is $108K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Chemical Engineer

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Simulation, Chemical Process Engineering, Engineering Design, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. The majority of those who know 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Chemical Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Senior Chemical Engineers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $91K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $95K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $106K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $121K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$102,000

Skills That Affect Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries

Simulation
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$102,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%