Senior Chemical Engineer Salary

Compensation for Senior Chemical Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($105K). Final cash compensation to Senior Chemical Engineers varies from around $83K to approximately $140K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $17K and $15K, respectively. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The vast majority (82 percent) of Senior Chemical Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$79,977 - $129,624
$80K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $103,796
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$55.00 - $98.48
$69
MEDIAN: $69.00
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$0$141K
Salary $79,977 - $129,624
Bonus $202.73 - $17,943
Profit Sharing $1,939 - $15,033
Commission $5,083
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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$83,457 - $141,078
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 172
Hourly Data $0$98
Hourly Rate $69.00
Overtime $46.50
Annual Data $0$141K
Bonus $202.73 - $17,943
Commission $5,083
Profit Sharing $1,939 - $15,033
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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$83,457 - $141,078
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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Job Description for Senior Chemical Engineer

A senior chemical engineer holds supervisory role in chemical plants, supervising other engineers that work below them. Their duties include overseeing engineering staff and approving technical reports, making product design changes, and other specifications, and performing administrative duties related to their subordinates, such as staff development, budgeting, and training. In addition, senior chemical engineers also implement and oversee the continual improvement of product design areas. This is mostly an indoor job, as the senior chemical engineer is generally tasked with proper facilitation and supervision of the chemical plant as opposed to hands-on, physical tasks.

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Senior Chemical Engineer Tasks

  • Develop, test, and validate processes to create desired products, focused on quality and regulatory compliance.
  • Select, test, maintain, and upgrade equipment and safety procedures.
  • Scale production processes from prototype to full manufacturing capacity.

Common Career Paths for Senior Chemical Engineer


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For Senior Chemical Engineers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Chemical Engineers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Principal Process Engineer.

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Popular Skills for Senior Chemical Engineer


Survey results suggest that Senior Chemical Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Chemical Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Those proficient in Chemical Process Engineering are, more often than not, also skilled in Technical Analysis and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Chemical Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Chemical Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Chemical Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 33 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Chemical Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 51 salaries. An experienced Senior Chemical Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 62 salaries. A Senior Chemical Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $121,000 based on 63 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,242

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

Though Senior Chemical Engineers can find somewhat larger paychecks in Chicago — just above the national average — location actually has a very small overall effect on compensation in this occupation. Senior Chemical Engineers in Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Cincinnati — all located in the Midwest — not only make less than the national average for those in this profession but represent the lowest-paid cities in the country for Senior Chemical Engineers. Employers in Kansas City and Cincinnati also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Chemical Engineer

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$109,000

▼7%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Senior Chemical Engineer Salaries





Simulation
▲1%

National Average
$109,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 8%
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