Process Operator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$34,000
$27,000
$34,000
$42,000
The average process operator makes about $34,177 per year. That's $16.43 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $27,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $42,000. Many of process operators seem to be drawn to manufacturing and finance companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case process operators tend to work at energy, pharmaceutical, and finance companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Washington, Alaska and California pay process operators the highest salaries.
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Map of Process Operator Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Process Operators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Process Operator Salary By Location

While a process operator can average a salary of $34,177 per year, or $16.43 per hour, there are many opportunities for process operators to make more. For example, in San Bernardino, CA you might make $43,340 per year. Other high-paying locations include Englewood, CO, Minneapolis, MN and Midland, MI. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Bernardino, CA where the average starting salary is $26,000. The highest paying states for process operators include Washington, Alaska and California. Meanwhile, Kansas, Vermont, and North Carolina offer the lowest salaries.

Average Process Operator Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a process operator, being employed by a company such as Federal-Mogul or AstraZeneca would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Occidental Petroleum and Abbott also report highly competitive salaries for process operators.

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Average Process Operator Pay By Industry

The salary for a process operator can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for process operators tend to be found in energy, pharmaceutical, and finance companies. In fact, process operators can make a yearly salary of $39,865 while working for energy companies.

Industry
Average Salary
Energy
Energy
$39,865
$40k
Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
$35,770
$36k
Finance
Finance
$33,928
$34k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$33,604
$34k
Technology
Technology
$33,451
$33k
Retail
Retail
$32,142
$32k

Process Operator Salary History

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Process Operator Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a process operator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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$41,740
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$39,653
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$29,218
$29,218
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$24,773
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$33,392
$33,392
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$36,042
$36,042
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$29,218
$29,218
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$48,022
$48,022
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07/18/2020
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$42,867
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$31,305
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