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Chemical Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of chemical engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of chemical engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The chemical engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Chemical Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$60,770
25th Percentile Wage
$76,390
50th Percentile Wage
$98,340
75th Percentile Wage
$126,050
90th Percentile Wage
$158,800

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemical engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) chemical engineers is $158,800. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $98,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $60,770. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 161% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201698,3401.00%4.06%
201597,3600.43%-
201496,9401.25%-
201395,7301.44%-
201294,350--

Table 2. Chemical Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of chemical engineers in 10 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for chemical engineers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $122,100. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $50,620).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$122,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$111,860
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$100,590
Information
$99,350
Manufacturing
$98,040
Construction
$97,520
Utilities
$93,570
Wholesale Trade
$91,330
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$90,760
Educational Services
$50,620

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Chemical Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only chemical engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of chemical engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $49,590 to $119,160. The highest paying state for chemical engineers is Delaware with a median annual salary of $119,160. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $49,590. For more salary information of chemical engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Delaware
$119,160
District of Columbia
$116,710
Maryland
$112,820
Texas
$112,820
Alaska
$110,800
New Mexico
$109,470
Louisiana
$105,190
Virginia
$105,020
Alabama
$104,490
Arizona
$104,100
Idaho
$102,340
Washington
$101,390
Wyoming
$100,530
Kansas
$99,910
Hawaii
$99,530
California
$99,500
Mississippi
$98,690
Oklahoma
$98,530
New Jersey
$98,320
West Virginia
$98,100
Pennsylvania
$96,890
Tennessee
$95,270
Missouri
$94,370
Maine
$94,120
Massachusetts
$93,960
Michigan
$93,780
Connecticut
$93,720
New York
$93,690
Nevada
$92,850
New Hampshire
$92,540
Georgia
$90,170
Wisconsin
$89,890
Montana
$89,420
Colorado
$88,890
North Dakota
$88,820
Oregon
$88,670
Indiana
$88,430
Florida
$88,250
North Carolina
$87,480
Iowa
$87,470
Illinois
$87,210
Ohio
$86,540
Kentucky
$85,580
Utah
$83,240
South Carolina
$79,670
Nebraska
$78,260
Minnesota
$77,020
Arkansas
$76,880
Puerto Rico
$49,590


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