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Operator Refinery Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$81,887 (USD)

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Last updated: May 22, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for an Operator Refinery is $81,887 a year and $39 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for an Operator Refinery is between $58,314 and $101,216. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Assesses specifications and controls continuous operation of petroleum refining and processing units to produce products, such as gasoline, kerosene, and fuel and lubricating oils, by such methods as distillation, absorption, extraction, adsorption, thermal and catalytic cracking and reforming, polymerization, isomerization, coking, visbreaking, and alkylation.
  • Reads processing schedules, operating logs, test results of oil samples, and laboratory recommendations to determine changes in equipment controls required to produce specified quantity and quality of product.
  • Moves and positions controls, such as knobs, valves, switches, levers, and index arms, on control panels to control process variables, such as flows, temperatures, pressures, vacuum, time, catalyst, and chemicals, by automatic regulation and remote control of processing units, such as heaters, furnaces, compressors, exchangers, reactors, quenchers, stabilizers, fractionators, rechargers, absorbers, strippers, debutanizers, stills, and towers.
Operator Refinery Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Job family population: 38,700

Estimated population of Operator Refinery jobs: 6,363

Rate of error: 4.0%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Operator Refinery Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Sales Manager-Industrial Combustion
Feb 28
Chicago, United States
Britech Group, Inc.
Sales Engineer will be calling on upstream, midstream and downstream operators, refining, petrochemical, gas processing end-users and Engineering Contractors that support these same customers to ...
PBX - Telephone Operator
Apr 8
Chicago, IL, USA
The PBX Telephone Operator must work well handling a high volume of calls. The PBX Telephone ... Refined verbal communication skills * Ability to sit for long periods of time * Must be able to ...
Brake Press Operator
May 20
University Park, IL, USA
Tricon Wear Solutions
We are growing and looking for a Brake Press Operator for our University Park, IL location. This ... From pulp and paper mills to chemical and refining operations, we are determined to continue ...
Microscope Operator
Mar 6
Naperville, IL, USA
Kelly Services
Microscope Operator Role Synopsis The contractor will support the Microscopy and Microanalysis work ... Familiarity with petrochemical and/or refinery chemistry, process streams, catalyst properties, and ...
Senior Event Sales Representative
Apr 18
Bowlero Corporation
We're the largest owner and operator of bowling alleys on Earth and the minds behind such renowned ... Besides working your phone (and your email) relentlessly to close inquiries, you'll help refine and ...
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