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 will normally receive an average wage of between 40000 - 60000 depending on education and experience. Chemical Plant and System Operators will normally receive a wage of Fifty Four Thousand Seven Hundred dollars each year.

Chemical Plant and System Operators can get the best pay in Texas, where they earn average job salaries of just about $61880. People with these jobs obtain the highest salaries in Construction, which has average wages of $58910.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.72 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Chemical Plant and System Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $58,910
Construction $58,240
Utilities $57,020
Manufacturing $54,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $54,180
Transportation and Warehousing $53,390
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Wholesale Trade $52,540
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $52,950
Transportation and Warehousing $53,390
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $54,180
Manufacturing $54,700
Utilities $57,020
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