Average Chemical Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Chemical Engineer is $73,648.
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$52k - $120k

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Job Satisfaction for Chemical Engineer

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The top respondents for the job title Chemical Engineer are from the companies ExxonMobil Corporation, Dow Chemical Co and E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont). Reported salaries are highest at ExxonMobil Corporation where the average pay is $100,820. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Dow Chemical Co and BASF Corporation, earning around $90,679 and $90,000, respectively. 3M Company pays the lowest at around $81,231. Honeywell International Inc and The Boeing Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $81,558 and $85,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Engineer

Skills in Chemical Process Engineering, Process Improvement, Engineering Design and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Engineer

An entry-level Chemical Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $65,672 based on 885 salaries. An early career Chemical Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,720 based on 1,811 salaries. A mid-career Chemical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $84,754 based on 697 salaries. An experienced Chemical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $99,309 based on 424 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $122,685.
Employees with Chemical Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 14.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (3.8% more) and New York, New York (0.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Boston, Massachusetts (5.0% less), Los Angeles, California (2.7% less) and Cincinnati, Ohio (0.2% less).

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