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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Chemical Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$62,230
25th Percentile Wage
$79,030
50th Percentile Wage
$102,160
75th Percentile Wage
$131,030
90th Percentile Wage
$169,080

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 $169,080. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $102,160. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $62,230. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 171% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$102,160
3.74% 7.64%
2016
$98,340
1.00% -
2015
$97,360
0.43% -
2014
$96,940
1.25% -
2013
$95,730
1.44% -
2012
$94,350
- -

Table 2. Chemical Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of chemical engineers in 12 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 management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $133,780. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $51,610).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$133,780
Mining
$119,520
Federal, State, and Local Government
$109,330
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$105,980
Construction
$101,690
Manufacturing
$101,060
Information
$99,350
Wholesale Trade
$92,400
Utilities
$90,050
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$89,160
Transportation and Warehousing
$88,950
Educational Services
$51,610

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 $49,620 to $133,710. The highest paying state for chemical engineers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $133,710. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $49,620. For more salary information of chemical engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$133,710
Texas
$126,110
District of Columbia
$120,070
Maryland
$116,080
Virginia
$111,140
Arizona
$110,540
New Mexico
$110,030
Delaware
$109,580
Washington
$105,870
New Jersey
$104,210
Mississippi
$103,290
Idaho
$102,340
Alabama
$102,100
Missouri
$100,290
Kansas
$99,930
Hawaii
$99,530
Tennessee
$99,480
Louisiana
$99,170
California
$98,410
Maine
$97,660
Massachusetts
$95,370
New York
$95,210
Iowa
$94,390
North Carolina
$93,770
Michigan
$93,740
Wisconsin
$93,400
Connecticut
$93,230
Wyoming
$92,620
Colorado
$92,380
Oklahoma
$92,070
Kentucky
$92,030
Ohio
$91,790
Pennsylvania
$91,750
Florida
$91,010
Oregon
$90,570
West Virginia
$89,810
Nevada
$89,780
Montana
$89,420
Arkansas
$89,340
North Dakota
$88,820
Illinois
$84,450
Indiana
$84,070
New Hampshire
$83,420
Utah
$83,240
Minnesota
$82,970
Rhode Island
$82,660
Georgia
$82,570
Nebraska
$81,280
South Carolina
$77,980
Puerto Rico
$49,620



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