Avg. Base Hourly Rate (USD)
The average hourly pay for a Chemical Plant Operator is $24.23
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Plant Operators?
An entry-level Chemical Plant Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $18.19 based on 8 salaries. An early career Chemical Plant Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.58 based on 63 salaries. …Read more
What Do Chemical Plant Operators Do?
The chemical plant operator is usually hired by chemical manufacturing companies. This operator generally works in a factory or manufacturing facility. Many companies do not require any education beyond a high school diploma, although training at a technical school as a chemical operator can be preferable. The experience required varies, as some companies may be willing to hire those without previous experience in the industry. Others may require as many as 4 years’ worth of plant operator …Read more
- Monitor and interpret instrument panels and indicators, ensuring equipment performs as expected.
- Unload, load, and package raw materials, waste products and products.
- Take samples and watch chemical reactions to test for product conformance.
- Adjust and calibrate equipment, working with technical personnel to achieve desired product specifications.