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Senior Chemical Engineer Salary (United States)

Senior Chemical Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $102K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Senior Chemical Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $77K and $142K. Almost all workers report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Senior Chemical Engineers (82 percent) are men. Most Senior Chemical Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Senior Chemical Engineer Salary (?
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$74,737 - $129,431
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MEDIAN: $96,979
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Senior Chemical Engineer Salary (?
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$35.60 - $85.00
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MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,737 - $129,431  
   
Bonus
$986 - $19,779  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $15,000  
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).
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$77,393 - $141,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 631
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$35.60 - $85.00  
   
Overtime
$36.87 - $88.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$986 - $19,779  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $15,000  
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).
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$77,393 - $141,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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
  • 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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As Senior Chemical Engineers transition into upper-level roles, like Principal Process Engineer, they may not see a turn in salary. a Principal Process Engineer usually earns the same amount as Senior Chemical Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Senior Chemical Engineer

Senior Chemical Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Simulation, Chemical Process Engineering, Engineering Design, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 8 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Chemical Process Engineering also know Technical Analysis and Engineering Design. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know Engineering Design and Technical Analysis.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $89K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $95K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $106K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Senior Chemical Engineer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $122K on average. In this field, there is a large range of employee experience; those with the least amount of experience — one to nine years — make up 36 percent of people in the field; those with 10-20 represent 35 percent, and those with the most experience — more than 20 years — account for 27 percent.

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Experience Affects Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$102,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries

Simulation
up arrow 10%
Technical Analysis
up arrow 4%
Engineering Design
up arrow 4%
Project Management
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National Average
$102,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%