Chemical Engineer Salary

The average Chemical Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $73K annually. Overall cash earnings for Chemical Engineers stretch from $52K on the lower end to $123K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by career length and geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chemical Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$51,896 - $115,737
(Median)
$52K
$73K
$120K
MEDIAN: $73,105
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$15.64 - $57.70
(Median)
$16
$29
$58
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,896 - $115,737  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,859  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $10,375  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$51,603 - $122,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.64 - $57.70  
   
Overtime
$23.21 - $62.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,859  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $10,375  
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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$51,603 - $122,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Chemical Engineer


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Chemical Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Chemical Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $104K per year. Becoming a Research & Development Chemical Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Chemical Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $78K. Another frequent advance is for Chemical Engineers to assume a Manufacturing Production Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $62K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chemical Engineer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Chemical Engineers include Dow Chemical Co, ExxonMobil Corporation, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont), Merck & Co., Inc., and BASF Corporation. For Chemical Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Shell Oil Company; in fact, median earnings sit around $144K, the highest in the area. Also paying near the top of the field are Chevron Corporation at $105K, British Petroleum (BP) at $102K, and ExxonMobil Corporation, where Chemical Engineers annually earn $101K.

With a median employee salary of $66K, 3M Company pays significantly less than its competitors (less than half of the top paying company's rate). Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Merck & Co., Inc. ($82K), BASF Corporation ($82K), and Uop, LLC ($87K).

Popular Skills for Chemical Engineer


Survey results imply that Chemical Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Business Development, Advanced Process Control (APC), and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 18 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Matlab, Product Development, and Problem Solving. Those familiar with Chemical Process Engineering also tend to 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.


Chemical Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $68K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $86K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $103K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $124K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,951

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For Chemical Engineers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Chemical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+13 percent), Baton Rouge (+10 percent), St. Louis (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Cleveland is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Minneapolis (12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Chemical Engineer Reviews

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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Experience Affects Chemical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Engineer Salaries


Advanced Process Control (APC)
up arrow 18%


Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 8%


Engineering Design
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Chemical Process Engineering
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Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power
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Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$75,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Problem Solving
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Product Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 408 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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