Chemical Engineer Salary


How Much Does a Chemical Engineer Make?

On average, a Chemical Engineer make $117,090 a year. The lowest-paid 10 percent made $66,810, while the top-paid 10 percent made $176,090.

Annually National Average Salary: $117,090

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* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS.




Salary by State

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Annual Salary by State

State10% Annual25% AnnualAvg. Annual75% Annual90% Annual
Alabama$69,270$80,300$105,800$123,490$147,940
Alaska$69,060$95,210$144,110$187,830$#
Arizona$63,920$72,330$87,750$103,950$121,280
Arkansas$63,010$84,580$94,640$106,220$127,460
California$65,070$78,300$104,620$128,370$154,130
Colorado$50,200$74,010$104,800$129,350$164,820
Connecticut$60,580$70,110$86,430$99,040$119,500
Delaware$70,860$94,440$126,650$159,500$190,610
District of Columbia$68,040$96,970$113,720$126,290$148,960
Florida$51,220$69,680$97,930$122,780$155,860
Georgia$50,240$71,000$94,360$119,470$147,210
Idaho$83,850$94,340$121,390$143,810$176,980
Illinois$53,980$74,970$97,450$115,240$148,100
Indiana$64,760$74,680$103,980$121,760$153,120
Iowa$66,860$86,070$111,810$129,290$177,180
Kansas$50,850$63,420$85,650$111,720$133,710
Kentucky$70,960$84,280$106,140$123,670$155,200
Louisiana$73,330$89,750$115,430$132,320$166,390
Maine$60,380$71,910$93,520$113,940$126,350
Maryland$72,990$95,840$114,840$133,050$159,780
Massachusetts$65,860$79,170$115,560$128,300$178,280
Michigan$55,230$77,560$102,900$117,650$135,340
Minnesota$61,470$85,080$110,340$132,250$167,570
Mississippi$60,220$77,270$108,990$130,990$185,220
Missouri$68,230$79,060$104,890$124,790$149,270
Montana$67,090$89,140$107,110$128,310$154,560
Nebraska$88,850$99,450$109,570$123,390$130,190
Nevada$67,230$71,790$107,460$119,640$164,510
New Hampshire$56,770$64,980$90,590$113,760$132,210
New Jersey$77,370$94,620$126,670$148,010$182,760
New Mexico$90,440$105,090$122,140$144,040$159,680
New York$67,430$81,960$104,220$126,360$154,040
North Carolina$65,790$81,160$104,100$126,220$152,950
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Ohio$59,920$76,130$99,600$123,490$149,590
Oklahoma$53,240$78,620$115,180$141,360$187,740
Oregon$61,360$74,120$101,710$126,710$161,110
Pennsylvania$66,120$73,250$94,790$111,220$137,530
Rhode Island$68,390$75,030$88,680$100,890$118,910
South Carolina$56,570$70,830$97,450$123,410$149,320
Tennessee$70,620$86,420$110,410$134,380$160,330
Texas$86,810$107,440$150,510$178,530$#
Utah$39,980$59,060$83,750$101,780$120,910
Virginia$71,580$92,270$111,810$129,440$155,380
Washington$66,260$80,850$107,340$129,250$160,840
West Virginia$56,550$68,630$96,620$118,370$136,320
Wisconsin$59,360$71,510$93,010$104,500$129,680
Wyoming$57,000$80,390$104,920$126,980$156,630
Puerto Rico$43,920$51,560$77,120$96,680$124,180

Annual Average Salary: Top 5 States

The top earning state in the field is Texas, where the average salary is $150,510.

These are the top 5 earning states in the field:

Texas - $150,510
Alaska - $144,110
New Jersey - $126,670
Delaware - $126,650
New Mexico - $122,140

Chemical Engineers: Salary Overview

Chemical engineers try to solve problems related to the use of chemicals, fuel, food, drugs, and other products using the principles of chemistry, physics, and biology.

A chemical engineer’s job description typically includes conducting research to find new and better manufacturing processes, establishing safety procedures when working with dangerous chemicals, designing and planning the layout of equipment, troubleshooting problems that may occur during the manufacturing process, evaluating equipment and processes to ensure that safety and environmental regulations are followed, and estimating production costs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for chemical engineers was $108,770 in May of 2019.

This number shows us that half of all workers in this profession earned less than this amount while half earned more.

The lowest 10 percent made less than $66,810 while the top 10 percent made more than $176,090 per year.

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Salaries vary depending on the industry of employment, the region, the industry of employment, number of years of experience, and education, among other factors.

Chemical Engineer Salary by Industry

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, chemical engineers held 33,900 jobs in the United States in 2018, most of them working for chemical manufacturers, in research, for companies that provide engineering services, for petroleum and coal products manufacturers, in the field of wholesale trade or for pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers.

According to the report published by BLS, the mean annual wage for chemical engineers who were employed by chemical manufacturers was $119,130.

The average annual wage reported by those who worked for companies that provide architectural, engineering, and related services was $120,030.

Chemical engineers in the field of scientific research and development services reported an average annual wage of $126,210.

Petroleum and coal products manufacturers paid chemical engineers, on average, with $125,030 annually while employers in the field of management of companies and enterprises offered a mean annual wage of $159,890 for this profession.

This is also the highest-paying field for chemical engineers.

Another field where chemical engineers reported higher-than-average salaries was the field of oil and gas extraction.

In this sector, the average annual wage for chemical engineers was $151,630.

There are many other factors that may determine a chemical engineer’s salary.

For example, holding a supervisory position may help you earn more.

A survey published by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers shows that the median annual salary for chemical engineers who have no supervisory responsibility was $106,300.

Experience is another factor that determines a chemical engineer’s salary.

According to another survey published by the same institute, the median salary for chemical engineers in their early career (those with less than 3 years of experience) was $71,000.

The median annual wage reported by respondents with more than 40 years of experience in the field was $165,000.

Other ways to improve your earning prospects is by getting a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in a field related to chemical engineering or/and by applying for a Professional Engineering license.

This credential can usually be acquired later in one’s career and qualifies engineers for positions that imply overseeing other engineer’s work, qualify them to sign off on projects, and for providing services directly to the public.

Before applying for licensure, you will need a degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program, a passing score on a Fundamentals of Engineering exam, at least four years of relevant work experience, and a passing score at the Professional Engineering exam.

Job Prospects

Employment for chemical engineers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028.

Their services will be needed in some manufacturing sectors and in dynamic fields, such as alternative energies, nanotechnology, and biotechnology.

Having a background in biology can improve your earnings and employment prospects.

* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS. The figures represent accumulated data for all states of employment for Chemical Engineers. BLS data represents averages and medians for workers at all levels of education and experience. This data doesn't represent starting salaries.

* Employment conditions in your area may vary.


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