Chemical Engineer Salary

Average Chemical Engineers in the United States make around $73K per year. Total cash earnings of Chemical Engineers range from $51K on the low end to $120K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by career duration and location. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Chemical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chemical Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,646 - $114,085
$53K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,787
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$14.14 - $56.91
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$27
$57
MEDIAN: $27.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,646 - $114,085  
   
Bonus
$111.50 - $14,723  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,218  
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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$50,764 - $120,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,409
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.14 - $56.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$50.42  
Overtime
$20.00 - $59.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$111.50 - $14,723  
   
Commission
$11,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,218  
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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$50,764 - $120,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222

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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. Going from Chemical Engineer to Research & Development Chemical Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $78K. Many others choose to work as Manufacturing Production Managers, where pay is typically $62K.

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Chemical Engineers. For Chemical Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at BP Amoco; in fact, median earnings sit around $168K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Shell Oil Company, Chevron Corporation, and British Petroleum (BP), where Chemical Engineers typically earn around $144K, $105K, or $102K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Honeywell International Inc at $79K, Uop, LLC at $79K, and Eastman Chemical Co, where $89K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Chemical Engineer


Chemical Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 24 percent, 20 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Product Development, Matlab, and Problem Solving. Most people familiar with Chemical Process Engineering also know Microsoft Excel and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $69K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $86K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $103K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $128K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,890

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

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 will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), Midland (+11 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), and New York (+6 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Boston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Des Plaines (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 225 votes.
Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Chemical Engineer Salaries

▲73%

▲39%

▲17%

National Average
$74,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Chemical Engineer Salaries


Advanced Process Control (APC)
▲20%








National Average
$74,000




Problem Solving
▼3%

▼5%

Product Development
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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