Chemical Engineer Salary (United States)

A Chemical Engineer earns an average salary of $71,159 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Business Development and Manufacturing Process Engineering. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Chemical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$50,362 - $110,296
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $71,159
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Chemical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$15.32 - $49.37
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,362 - $110,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,759  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $14,925  
Commission
$250.00 - $30,000  
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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$50,498 - $118,502  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,797
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $49.37  
   
Overtime
$19.67 - $71.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,759  
   
Commission
$250.00 - $30,000  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $14,925  
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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$50,498 - $118,502  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,797
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Job Description for Chemical Engineer
Chemical engineers find solutions to problems such as pollution, world hunger, and energy demands. They also conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes that are more efficient and less harmful to the environment. They typically work indoors in laboratories, utilizing the newest and most advanced technology.
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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.
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Pay Difference By Location
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Denver
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Dallas
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National Average
$73,000
New York
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Salt Lake City
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Los Angeles
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Experience Affects Chemical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$73,000

Skills That Affect Chemical Engineer Salaries

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Process Improvement
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Data Analysis
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Advanced Process Control (APC)
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Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power
up arrow 3%
National Average
$73,000
Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Gender
Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%
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