Chemical Process Engineer Salary

Median pay for Chemical Process Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $76K per year. Cash earnings for Chemical Process Engineers — including $13K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $50K to $115K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Chemical Process Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$51,341 - $108,990
$51K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,047
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50%
90%

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$14.85 - $49.32
$15
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$49
MEDIAN: $24.00
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$0$112K
Salary $51,341 - $108,990
Bonus $300.00 - $12,419
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,106
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$49,770 - $112,373
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 259
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $14.85 - $49.32
Overtime $36.47
Annual Data $0$112K
Bonus $300.00 - $12,419
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,106
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).
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$49,770 - $112,373
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 21

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Job Description for Chemical Process Engineer

Today, the average home or workplace is filled with items and equipment made from thousands of constituent materials. Chemical process engineers are one of the driving forces behind the creation of many of these modern items. They assist in the research, planning, and implementation for new products through developing novel applications of techniques to turn raw materials into new kinds of materials. Through careful analysis, rigorous testing, and program design, they are involved in many types of industries, from manufacturing to healthcare to information technology.

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Chemical Process Engineer Tasks

  • Oversee production environment, and track metrics like temperature, flow rate and electricity usage.
  • Propose, design, and oversee solutions for chemical process issues.
  • Optimize day-to-day processes while considering environmental and supply variables.
  • Maintain engineering documentation, with emphasis on compliance with engineering codes and standards.

Common Career Paths for Chemical Process Engineer


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As Chemical Process Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Principal Process Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Principal Process Engineers earn $112K on average per year. Chemical Process Engineers most often advance into Chemical Engineer and Process Engineer positions even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Process Engineer


Survey results show that Chemical Process Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Simulation, Engineering Design, and Chemical Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Chemical Process Engineering also know Data Analysis and Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Process Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Chemical Process Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Chemical Process Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 171 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chemical Process Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Chemical Process Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 37 salaries. A Chemical Process Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,279

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Chemical Process Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Chemical Process Engineers will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+10 percent) and Denver (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 6 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Chemical Process Engineer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Chemical Process Engineer Salaries

▲35%

▲31%

▲8%

National Average
$76,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Chemical Process Engineer Salaries


▲8%



Data Analysis
▲1%

National Average
$76,000



Microsoft Word
▼5%


AutoCAD
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 6%
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