Senior Chemical Engineer Salary

Average pay for Senior Chemical Engineers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($101K). Total cash compensation to Senior Chemical Engineers bottoms out near $81K and approaches $151K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $15K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Senior Chemical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Senior Chemical Engineers (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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 only report a few specific skills. 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 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.

For Senior Chemical Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $96K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $98K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $109K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $125K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $106,934

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

For Senior Chemical Engineers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Chemical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+12 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Kansas City (15 percent lower) and Cincinnati (5 percent lower).

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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

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%