Chemical Engineer Salary

The average Chemical Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $73K annually. Final cash compensation to Chemical Engineers varies from around $51K to approximately $120K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by career length and geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Male Chemical Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chemical Engineers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,346 - $113,261
$52K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,829
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$13.27 - $55.38
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$27
$55
MEDIAN: $27.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,346 - $113,261  
   
Bonus
$121.32 - $14,747  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,166  
Commission
$11,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$50,731 - $119,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.27 - $55.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$50.42  
Overtime
$19.65 - $59.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$121.32 - $14,747  
   
Commission
$11,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,166  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$50,731 - $119,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 212

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Job Description for Chemical Engineer

Chemical engineers apply their knowledge of various chemical properties to develop new chemical substances (such as fuels, lubricants, or cleaning solvents) or improve and existing ones. They may also serve as troubleshooters by helping to examine and improve industrial processes using the application of better chemical systems.

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Chemical Engineer Tasks

  • Develops safety procedures for those working close to possible chemical reactions.
  • Estimates time and cost to complete projects.
  • Conducts research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.
  • Performs density, gravity, and pressure tests at various stages of production.

Common Career Paths for Chemical Engineer


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Chemical Engineers who move on to become Senior Chemical Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Chemical Engineers get paid an average of $104K per year. As Chemical Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Research & Development Chemical Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $78K per year. Another common career choice for Chemical Engineers is to move into a Manufacturing Production Manager role. Typically, Manufacturing Production Managers get paid $63K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chemical Engineer


Dow Chemical Co, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont), ExxonMobil Corporation, Chevron Corporation, and BASF Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Chemical Engineers. Chemical Engineers flock to BP Amoco for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $168K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are Shell Oil Company at $144K, Chevron Corporation at $105K, and British Petroleum (BP), where Chemical Engineers annually earn $102K.

Honeywell International Inc, Uop, LLC, and Eastman Chemical Co also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $79K, $79K, and $89K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Chemical Engineer


Survey results imply that Chemical Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Business Development, Advanced Process Control (APC), and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 20 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Product Development, Matlab, and Problem Solving. Those proficient in Chemical Process Engineering are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Chemical Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Chemical Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 1,828 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chemical Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 557 salaries. An experienced Chemical Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 319 salaries. A Chemical Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 228 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,942

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With a pay rate for Chemical Engineers that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Baton Rouge offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chemical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), Midland (+11 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Workers in Dallas and Pittsburgh earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

Chemical Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Chemical Engineer?

Chemical Engineer in Boston:
"Very good work flexibility and low stress environment."
Pros: I have the ability to travel to various chemical plants within Clean Harbors organization and work with a team on solving various issues for any/all plants.
Cons: I feel underpaid for my position, and recently with company losses we have lost some perks (bonuses, stock plan, etc.)

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Key Stats for Chemical Engineer

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 221 votes.
Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Chemical Engineer Salaries

▲72%

▲38%

▲17%

National Average
$74,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Chemical Engineer Salaries


Advanced Process Control (APC)
▲20%








National Average
$74,000




Problem Solving
▼3%

▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 221 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 8%