Chemical Engineer Salary

Chemical Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $73K per year. In the world of Chemical Engineers, overall income ranges from $51K near the bottom to $119K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and geographic location are driving factors as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chemical Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Chemical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$52,994 - $112,786
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$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,564
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$13.22 - $51.11
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MEDIAN: $26.28
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$0$118K
Salary $52,994 - $112,786
Bonus $404.52 - $14,755
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $11,281
Commission $5,500
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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$50,834 - $118,735
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,332
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $13.22 - $51.11
Hourly Tips $50.42
Overtime $19.39 - $66.87
Annual Data $0$118K
Bonus $404.52 - $14,755
Commission $5,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $11,281
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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$50,834 - $118,735
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 211

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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. A Research & Development Chemical Engineer role is the most common promotion for Chemical Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $78K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Chemical Engineers is a Manufacturing Production Manager position, where earnings are usually $63K.

Chemical Engineer Job Listings

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. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, BP Amoco offers the most; Chemical Engineers earn $168K on average there. Shell Oil Company, Chevron Corporation, and British Petroleum (BP) are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Chemical Engineers earning around $144K, $105K, or $102K at each firm, respectively.

Honeywell International Inc, Uop, LLC, and Eastman Chemical Co are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($79K, $79K, and $89K respectively).

Popular Skills for Chemical Engineer


Chemical Engineers seem to exploit a large range 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 pay less than market rate 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: $73,806

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). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. 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 256 votes.
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Chemical Engineer Salaries

▲73%

▲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 256 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
10%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 9%
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