Chemical Engineer Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of chemical engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare chemical engineer salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Chemical Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemical engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) chemical engineers is $162,890. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $101,060. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid chemical engineers is $64,730.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2.99% 7.56%
2.09% -
-1.20% -
1.64% -
2.23% -
- -

Compare Chemical Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of chemical engineers in 57 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for chemical engineer occupations is the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry with an annual salary $116,560. The lowest paying industry is the machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing industry (annual salary $48,000). For detailed chemical engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Beverage Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Textile Mills
Food Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Fabric Mills
Grain and Oilseed Milling
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Machine Shops
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


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