Chemical Plant Operator Salary
A sizeable majority of Chemical Plant Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.22 per hour. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Chemical Plant Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$28,852 - $83,679|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $9,156|
|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).)
|$33,404 - $83,511|
|Hourly Rate||$15.28 - $37.05|
|Overtime||$21.44 - $52.35|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $9,156|
|Total Pay (||$33,404 - $83,511|
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 experience. Some knowledge of machinery and their maintenance and upkeep can be helpful, although not necessary for all positions in the field.Read More...
The chemical plant operator works within a chemical processing facility and will be wearing safety equipment almost the entire time they are on the job. They may be required to lift heavy objects from time to time and will constantly be on their feet while touring the facility. The chemical plant operator is tasked with maintaining a safe working environment for all the employees who work in the facility. They will need to operate machinery necessary for treating waste. They also perform routine inspections of equipment to ensure they are in proper working order, such as checking for leaks or malfunctions. The chemical plant operator will also be required to ensure that any filtration systems are functioning fine and to monitor tank levels to confirm there is enough space for operations. Safety needs to be the chemical plant operator's main priority. They need to follow strict regulations and guidelines that are set both by the government and the company. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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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Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Plant Operator
Pay by Experience for a Chemical Plant Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Chemical Plant Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 68 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chemical Plant Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Chemical Plant Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 28 salaries. A Chemical Plant Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 19 salaries.
Key Stats for Chemical Plant Operator
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