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
$62,500
25th Percentile Wage
$77,310
50th Percentile Wage
$98,040
75th Percentile Wage
$124,240
90th Percentile Wage
$154,400

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 $154,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $98,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid chemical engineers is $62,500.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201698,0402.09%4.71%
201595,990-1.20%-
201497,1401.64%-
201395,5502.23%-
201293,420--

Compare Chemical Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of chemical engineers in 44 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 $116,890. The lowest paying industry is the cement and concrete product manufacturing industry (annual salary $59,320). 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
$116,890
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$109,080
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$104,610
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$104,610
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$103,910
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$102,530
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$102,100
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$101,330
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$99,550
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$99,150
Chemical Manufacturing
$99,110
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$99,040
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$98,210
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$97,760
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$97,610
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$97,320
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$97,120
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$94,340
Paper Manufacturing
$93,750
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$93,590
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$93,090
Beverage Manufacturing
$91,020
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$90,950
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$90,610
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$89,820
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$89,000
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$88,520
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$88,260
Machinery Manufacturing
$87,160
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$87,030
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$86,560
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$85,850
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$85,760
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$85,500
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$85,330
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$85,210
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$80,860
Textile Mills
$79,790
Food Manufacturing
$79,720
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$77,410
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$77,190
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$75,000
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$63,580
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$59,320

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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