Chemical Engineer, Research & Development (R&D) Salary

A Chemical Engineer, Research & Development (R&D) earns an average salary of $77,200 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$53,125 - $116,183

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$52,210 - $125,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 325
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Job Description for Chemical Engineer, Research & Development (R&D)

Chemical engineers in research and development (R&D) are responsible for researching, developing, and applying necessary chemical processes to create a wide range of items for both commercial and industrial uses. Most jobs in this field focus on researching and developing chemicals, as well as methods for producing and testing them, and using industry-specific software tools to judge the quality of methods and results of chemical development.


Chemical Engineer, Research & Development (R&D) Tasks

  • Optimize day-to-day processes while considering environmental and supply variables.
  • Maintain engineering documentation, with emphasis on compliance with engineering codes and standards.
  • Oversee production environment, and track metrics like temperature, flow rate and electricity usage.
  • Propose, design, and oversee solutions for chemical process issues.

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Experience Affects Chemical Engineer, Research & Development (R&D) Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Chemical Engineer, Research & Development (R&D) Salaries

National Average

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Chemical Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.


25 %
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 6%