Senior Chemical Engineer Salary (United States)

Senior Chemical Engineer in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary—around $102,112 per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Chemical Engineers bottoms out near $74,737 and approaches $129,431 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $19,779 from bonuses and almost $15,000 from profit sharing. There are far more male Senior Chemical Engineers than women, making up 82 percent of those in this profession. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale 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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 631
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Senior Chemical Engineers do not see a large difference in pay with career advancement. Usually, those who transition into an upper level Principal Process Engineer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role.

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Popular Skills for Senior Chemical Engineer

Senior Chemical Engineers report a narrow range of specific skills. 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. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in Engineering Design and Technical Analysis. Most people experienced in 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.
Senior Chemical Engineers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Starting at $89K, salaries for Senior Chemical Engineers new to the field show little growth early on, reaching just $100K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures, with the typical worker pulling down $106K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Senior Chemical Engineers tend to earn $122K at this point in time. 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
up arrow 3%
National Average
$102,000

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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