The average hourly pay for a Chemical Plant Operator is $21.39.
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Job Description for Chemical Plant Operator
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 exper…Read more
Chemical Plant Operator Tasks
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Chemical Plant Operator
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Safety Compliance, Machine Operation and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Chemical Process Engineering and Plant Maintenance.
Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Plant Operator
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 $15.81 based on 9 salaries. An early career Chemical Plant Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.20 based on 93 salaries. A mid-career Chemical Plant Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.32 based on 73 salaries. An experienced Chemical Plant Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.00 based on 58 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $28.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Chemical Plant Operator in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 80.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (59.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Salt Lake City, Utah (22.9% less), Middletown, New York (20.5% less) and Riceboro, Georgia (18.9% less).
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