Senior Chemical Engineer Salary

Senior Chemical Engineers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $101K annually. Total cash compensation for Senior Chemical Engineers runs from $81K to $151K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Chemical Engineers (83 percent) who took the survey. The majority of Senior Chemical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$79,266 - $137,046
MEDIAN: $100,866

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National Salary Data (?
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$79,266 - $137,046  
$0.00 - $20,053  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $15,050  
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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).
$81,061 - $150,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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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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Many Senior Chemical Engineers move into a Principal Process Engineer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Principal Process Engineers on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Chemical Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Senior Chemical Engineer

Senior Chemical Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Simulation, Engineering Design, Technical Analysis, and Chemical Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $96K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $98K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $109K on average. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Chemical Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $125K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $106,934

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Senior Chemical Engineers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Senior Chemical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 20 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Kansas City (15 percent less) and Cincinnati (5 percent less).

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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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.


17 %
83 %

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: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 3%