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
$64,730
25th Percentile Wage
$80,060
50th Percentile Wage
$101,060
75th Percentile Wage
$128,250
90th Percentile Wage
$162,890

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
2017
$101,060
2.99% 7.56%
2016
$98,040
2.09% -
2015
$95,990
-1.20% -
2014
$97,140
1.64% -
2013
$95,550
2.23% -
2012
$93,420
- -

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
$116,560
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$111,350
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$107,050
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$107,050
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$106,160
Chemical Manufacturing
$104,260
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$103,910
Chemical Manufacturing
$102,460
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$102,100
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$101,330
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$100,000
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$99,860
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$99,550
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$99,040
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$98,600
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$98,190
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$97,810
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$97,760
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$97,610
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$97,520
Machinery Manufacturing
$96,060
Chemical Manufacturing
$95,380
Machinery Manufacturing
$94,410
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$94,340
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$94,070
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$91,310
Beverage Manufacturing
$91,020
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$90,970
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$90,930
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$90,750
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$90,620
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$90,610
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$90,040
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$89,980
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$89,670
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$89,650
Paper Manufacturing
$88,650
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$88,520
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$86,880
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$86,760
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$85,850
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$85,760
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$84,410
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$81,460
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$80,450
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$80,100
Textile Mills
$79,790
Food Manufacturing
$79,720
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$77,410
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$77,190
Fabric Mills
$76,980
Grain and Oilseed Milling
$76,810
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$74,260
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$64,910
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$59,320
Machine Shops
$48,000
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$48,000

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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