Senior Chemical Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $104K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of Senior Chemical Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $82K and $145K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Chemical Engineers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Senior Chemical Engineers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$79,710 - $133,268
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MEDIAN: $104,035
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$79,710 - $133,268  
   
Bonus
$1,479 - $20,080  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $15,170  
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$81,658 - $145,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 168

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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

  • Develop, test, and validate processes to create desired products, focused on quality and regulatory compliance.
  • Select, test, maintain, and upgrade equipment and safety procedures.
  • Scale production processes from prototype to full manufacturing capacity.

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Senior Chemical Engineers who go on to become Principal Process Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Principal Process Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $111K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Chemical Engineer


Senior Chemical Engineers note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Chemical Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Chemical Process Engineering tend to be well versed 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.


For Senior Chemical Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $93K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $101K. Senior Chemical Engineers see a median salary of $111K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $119K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,663

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For those looking to make money, Senior Chemical Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 8 percent above the national average. Senior Chemical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+5 percent). Senior Chemical Engineers may wish to avoid the below-average compensation found in the Midwest — Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Cincinnati are known as the cities with the worst salaries for Senior Chemical Engineers. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Kansas City (17 percent lower) and Cincinnati (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior Chemical Engineer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
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Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
39%
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Experience Affects Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries



National Average
$110,000



Skills That Affect Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries





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National Average
$110,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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