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Average Chemical Plant Operator Hourly Pay

$22.53
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,990
Bonus
$1,200
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The average hourly pay for a Chemical Plant Operator is $22.53.
10%
$16.20
MEDIAN
$22.53
90%
$36.75
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Hourly Rate
$16 - $37
Bonus
$391 - $5,199
Profit Sharing
$850 - $2,000
Total Pay
$34,894 - $85,391
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What Do Chemical Plant Operators Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Chemical Plant Operator

3.5 out of 5
(60)
Highly Satisfied
3Reviews

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Career Paths

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Chemical Plant Operator
Chemical Plant Supervisor
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What Are Popular Skills for Chemical Plant Operators?

Skills in Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Production Support, Plant Maintenance, Machine Operation and Safety Compliance.

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 $16.90 based on 10 salaries. An early career Chemical Plant Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.18 based on 75 salaries. A mid-career Chemical Plant Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.15 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Chemical Plant Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.43 based on 51 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $29.
Employees with Chemical Plant Operator in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 74.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (50.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Riceboro, Georgia (25.5% less), Middletown, New York (24.5% less) and Salt Lake City, Utah (22.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 239 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.2%
Early Career
31.4%
Mid Career
25.5%
Experienced
21.3%
Late Career
17.6%