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Senior Chemical Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior Chemical Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $98K per year. 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 $145K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more male Senior Chemical Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. Job satisfaction for Senior Chemical Engineers is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$74,962 - $133,060
MEDIAN: $98,307

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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.
$74,962 - $133,060  
$0.00 - $18,791  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $14,681  
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).
$77,352 - $145,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 459

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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.

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Senior Chemical Engineers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Principal Process Engineer. Median pay for Principal Process Engineers is $109K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Chemical Engineer

Survey takers who work as Senior Chemical Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Simulation, Chemical Process Engineering, Technical Analysis, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Those proficient in Chemical Process Engineering are, more often than not, 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.

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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $90K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $96K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $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

For Senior Chemical Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Senior Chemical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+2 percent). Cincinnati ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 2 percent below the national average.

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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 127 votes.


19 %
81 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 4%