Chemical Engineer Salary

The average Chemical Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $73K per year. 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 $11K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by career length and geographic location. Male Chemical Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Chemical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$52,746 - $114,176
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$73K
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MEDIAN: $72,806
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$13.30 - $52.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,746 - $114,176  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $14,851  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,150  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$50,685 - $119,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,428
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.30 - $52.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$50.42  
Overtime
$16.00 - $59.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$206.08 - $14,851  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,150  
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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$50,685 - $119,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 224

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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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Advancing into a Senior Chemical Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Chemical Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income 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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Chemical Engineers include Dow Chemical Co, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont), ExxonMobil Corporation, Chevron Corporation, and BASF Corporation. The biggest paychecks can be found at BP Amoco — the median salary there is $168K. Shell Oil Company, Chevron Corporation, and British Petroleum (BP) also offer top salaries for Chemical Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $144K, $105K, and $102K, respectively.

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 deep pool of 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 22 percent, 20 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Product Development, Matlab, and Problem Solving. Those educated in Chemical Process Engineering tend to be well versed 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: $73,972

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

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Chemical Engineers in Baton Rouge receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chemical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), Midland (+11 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Workers in Dallas and Pittsburgh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less).

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 237 votes.
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
43%
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 237 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
43%
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: 66%
no benefits
None: 8%
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