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Highest Paying Industries for Chemical Engineers

The top 88 highest paying industries for chemical engineers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $136,060, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for chemical engineers. It is followed by mining industry (average annual salary $127,220). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of chemical engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 88 Highest Paying Industries for Chemical Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oil and Gas Extraction
$136,060
730
2 Mining
$127,220
850
3 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$120,560
1,070
4 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$112,670
2,360
5 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$112,460
720
6 Federal government, including USPS
$104,900
1,060
7 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$104,900
1,060
8 Administrative and Support Services
$104,690
420
9 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$103,910
50
10 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$103,220
1,230
11 Federal, State, and Local Government
$103,220
1,230
12 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$101,990
530
13 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$100,530
4,610
14 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$100,450
130
15 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$100,040
2,250
16 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$100,000
140
17 Employment Services
$98,930
310
18 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$98,860
3,340
19 Scientific Research and Development Services
$98,790
3,370
20 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$98,190
750
21 Chemical Manufacturing
$98,040
10,870
22 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$97,760
40
23 Temporary Help Services
$97,690
290
24 Construction
$97,550
140
25 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$97,450
450
26 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$97,170
110
27 Manufacturing
$97,140
16,720
28 Engineering Services
$96,950
5,500
29 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$96,770
1,700
30 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$96,560
130
31 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$96,270
80
32 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$95,460
10,590
33 Natural Gas Distribution
$94,800
150
34 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$94,780
6,090
35 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$94,170
280
36 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$93,270
160
37 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$93,090
120
38 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$92,740
1,680
39 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$92,120
820
40 Transportation and Warehousing
$92,070
30
41 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$92,070
760
42 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$91,930
50
43 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$90,920
500
44 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$89,610
140
45 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$89,250
40
46 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$88,930
30
47 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$88,780
280
48 Wholesale Trade
$88,620
1,300
49 Utilities
$88,560
450
50 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$87,730
40
51 Machinery Manufacturing
$87,000
660
52 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$86,740
660
53 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$86,530
210
54 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$86,520
200
55 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$86,400
280
56 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$86,170
220
57 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$85,690
880
58 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$85,500
70
59 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$84,830
n/a
60 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$84,290
70
61 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$84,240
90
62 Paper Manufacturing
$83,620
160
63 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$83,380
630
64 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$82,030
110
65 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$82,000
1,050
66 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$81,950
30
67 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$81,840
290
68 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$81,830
170
69 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$80,540
50
70 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$77,090
30
71 Testing Laboratories
$77,080
590
72 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$76,700
120
73 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$76,490
90
74 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$76,310
80
75 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$75,940
390
76 Support Activities for Mining
$75,610
n/a
77 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$74,200
n/a
78 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$69,570
50
79 Educational Services - Privately owned
$63,900
60
80 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$63,310
60
81 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$59,320
40
82 Educational Services
$57,990
510
83 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$57,960
510
84 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$57,360
450
85 Educational Services - State government owned
$57,360
450
86 State government, including schools and hospitals
$56,150
480
87 Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$45,700
n/a
88 Machine Shops
$45,450
n/a
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