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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 cities 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,440
25th Percentile Wage
$72,460
50th Percentile Wage
$98,410
75th Percentile Wage
$133,190
90th Percentile Wage
$159,580

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 $159,580. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $98,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $56,440.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of chemical engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$98,410
-1.11% 3.50%
2016
$99,500
-1.01% -
2015
$100,500
5.23% -
2014
$95,240
1.26% -
2013
$94,040
-0.99% -
2012
$94,970
- -

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 $60,680 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 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $60,680.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$130,320
Vallejo-Fairfield
$128,760
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$116,810
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$113,370
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$111,090
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$103,810
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$103,550
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$101,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$96,570
Bakersfield-Delano
$96,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$86,380
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$68,080
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$60,680




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