How Much Do Chemical Plant Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Chemical Plant And System Operators

Chemical Plant And System Operators control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$65460 per year
Hourly wage
$31 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$38,160 to $48,430 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$18 to $23 per hour

Entry-level Chemical Plant and System Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $38,160 to $48,430 per year or $18 to $23 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Chemical Plant and System Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $46 $95,860
Senior (Top 25%) $39 $81,360
Middle (Mid 50%) $32 $65,960
Junior (Bottom 25%) $23 $48,430
No experience (Bottom 10%) $18 $38,160

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WY $38 $79,070
NJ $37 $76,410
AL $37 $76,250
TX $35 $73,220
WA $35 $72,650
PA $35 $72,480
WV $35 $72,390
NY $34 $70,510
OH $34 $70,280
IL $33 $69,200

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Chemical Plant and System Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Chemical Plant Operators are in the states of WY, NJ, AL, TX and WA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $82000 $39.42
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $72420 $34.82
Chemical Manufacturing $65930 $31.70
Scientific Research and Development Services $63950 $30.75
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $63510 $30.54
Support Activities for Mining $62960 $30.27
Chemical Manufacturing $62690 $30.14
Management of Companies and Enterprises $62460 $30.03
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $62000 $29.81
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $59530 $28.62
Waste Treatment and Disposal $56340 $27.09
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $55350 $26.61
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing $54320 $26.11
Plastics Product Manufacturing $46580 $22.39
Employment Services $46180 $22.20

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