Average Chemical Operator Hourly Pay

$21.05
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$1,626
Bonus
$2,000
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The average hourly pay for a Chemical Operator is $21.05.
10%
$15.13
MEDIAN
$21.05
90%
$32.52
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $33
Bonus
$513 - $5,070
Profit Sharing
$412 - $6,938
Total Pay
$32,827 - $77,914
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What Do Chemical Operators Do?

Chemical Operator Tasks
  • Process chemicals by following guidelines and instructions on equipment such as reactors, distillation systems, etc.
  • Package and transfer chemicals safely.
  • Monitor and maintain equipment, including adjusting controls, oiling or cleaning, and switching to backups.
  • Conduct laboratory tests and record results like pH, temperature, raw materials, water level, etc.

Job Satisfaction for Chemical Operator

3.6 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Chemical Operator are from the companies BASF Corporation, Henkel Corporation and The Lubrizol Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Dow Chemical Co where the average pay is $29.47. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Eastman Chemical Co and Wacker Chemical Corporation, earning around $24.00 and $22.82, respectively. PPG Industries, Inc. pays the lowest at around $19.17. Henkel Corporation and The Lubrizol Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $20.18 and $20.30, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Chemical Operators?

Skills in HAZMAT and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Chemical Process Engineering, Machine Operation and Safety Compliance.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Operators?

An entry-level Chemical Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $17.25 based on 46 salaries. An early career Chemical Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.11 based on 393 salaries. A mid-career Chemical Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.38 based on 254 salaries. An experienced Chemical Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.23 based on 200 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $26.
Employees with Chemical Operator in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 37.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (29.0% more) and Chicago, Illinois (11.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cincinnati, Ohio (10.2% less) and Charlotte, North Carolina (0.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,050 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.4%
Early Career
37.4%
Mid Career
24.2%
Experienced
19.0%
Late Career
15.0%