Senior Chemical Engineer Salary

Senior Chemical Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $99K) surpassing six figures annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $19K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Chemical Engineers can bottom out near $77K or peak near $146K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Senior Chemical Engineers are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$75,559 - $132,849
MEDIAN: $98,652

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$75,559 - $132,849  
$0.00 - $18,598  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $14,740  
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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).
$77,219 - $145,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 432
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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

Survey takers who work as Senior Chemical Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Simulation, Engineering Design, Chemical Process Engineering, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 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 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 $90K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $96K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $108K. Senior Chemical Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $120K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Senior Chemical Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Senior Chemical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cincinnati.

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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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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 4%