Salary for Chemical Plant and System Operators

Also known as:  Chemical Plant Operator, Chemical Treatment Plant Technician, Nitric Acid Plant Operator, Nitrogen Operator, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Machine Operator

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These employees set up, tend, operate and inspect entire chemical processes and systems of chemical machines. Their job can be dangerous as they are often required to deal with work environments containing hazardous materials. Potential applicants for this position are usually asked to have completed their high school diploma or GED in order to be considered. After being hired, an employer usually requires up to one year of job training on-site.

A Chemical Plant or System Operator earns an average salary ranging from $38,160 to $95,860 depending on tenure and industry expertise. will normally get an average pay level of sixty-five thousand four hundred and sixty dollars each year.

can get the best compensation in Wyoming, where they can earn an average job salary of about $79,070. Employees who work in this job make the greatest compensation in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, which has job pay of $80,170.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.71 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Chemical Plant and System Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$80,170
Manufacturing
$65,620
Utilities
$63,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$62,460
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$62,380
Wholesale Trade
$62,120

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$48,620
Wholesale Trade
$62,120
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$62,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$62,460
Utilities
$63,100
Manufacturing
$65,620