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Senior Chemical Engineer Salary

Generous salaries abound for Senior Chemical Engineers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($99K) per year. In the world of Senior Chemical Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $77K and $145K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $19K and $15K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Senior Chemical Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The vast majority (82 percent) of Senior Chemical Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$74,761 - $133,213
MEDIAN: $98,639

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National Salary Data (?
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.
$74,761 - $133,213  
$0.00 - $19,202  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $14,740  
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).
$77,185 - $145,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 450
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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 only report a few specific 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 7 percent and 13 percent. It is often found that people who know Chemical Process Engineering are also skilled in 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. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $91K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $97K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $108K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Senior Chemical Engineers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Chemical Engineers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 22 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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 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: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 4%