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Chemical Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for chemical engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of chemical engineers among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Chemical Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,130
25th Percentile Wage
$71,620
50th Percentile Wage
$99,500
75th Percentile Wage
$131,780
90th Percentile Wage
$158,790

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemical engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $158,790. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $99,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,130.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25.54
25th Percentile Wage
$34.43
50th Percentile Wage
$47.84
75th Percentile Wage
$63.36
90th Percentile Wage
$76.34

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for chemical engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $76.34. The median hourly salary is $47.84. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25.54.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of chemical engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201699,500-1.01%4.55%
2015100,5005.23%-
201495,2401.26%-
201394,040-0.99%-
201294,970--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Chemical Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of chemical engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of chemical engineers in state of California ranges from $58,820 to $130,320. The highest paying area for chemical engineers in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $130,320. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Vallejo-Fairfield (mean annual salary $128,760). The lowest paying area is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $58,820.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$130,320
Vallejo-Fairfield
$128,760
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$114,700
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$114,010
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$110,690
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$103,550
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$101,590
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$98,730
Bakersfield-Delano
$94,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$86,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$82,500
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$77,830
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$58,820


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