$73,092
Avg. Salary
$26.69
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$4,852

Profit Sharing

$3,018

Commission

$6,000

The average pay for a Chemical Engineer is R125 per hour.

The average pay for a Chemical Engineer is R297,692 per year.

$15
10%
$27
50%
$52
90%
MEDIAN $27
$53k
10%
$73k
50%
$114k
90%
MEDIAN $73,092
$53,405 - $113,974
$53K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,092
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$14.72 - $51.72
$15
$27
$52
MEDIAN: $26.69
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$0$120K
Salary $53,405 - $113,974
Bonus $494 - $14,845
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,871
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).
)
$51,266 - $120,356
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,117
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $14.72 - $51.72
Hourly Tips $50.42
Overtime $20.27 - $65.44
Annual Data $0$120K
Bonus $494 - $14,845
Commission $6,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,871
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).
)
$51,266 - $120,356
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 341

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.

Read More...

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.

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).

Common Career Paths for Chemical Engineer


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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 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: $74,396

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 Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Chemical Engineer?

Chemical Engineer in South Houston:
"Lessons Learned from a Career in the Refinery Industry."
1) Life is not fair, and performance reviews are not fair. 2) Do more than is expected in less time. 3) No one can take education away from you. 4) Minimize conflict, don't allow anyone to steal your joy. 5) In time, bad managers are moved to "On Assignment" roles. 6) Be positive and encouraging to your peers and managers, even in difficult times. 7) Know your priorities: God, Family, Work. 8) As a Professional Engineer, refuse to sign or authorize actions that are immoral or will injure a community of poor people who live near refinery.

Chemical Engineer in Houston:
"Challenging, unstable, rewording, work-life balance."
Pros: Corporate culture, work flexibility, rewarding and challenging, safety in mind.
Cons: Corporate culture, uncertainty, multiple direction changes in the last 5 years.

Chemical Engineer in Laramie:
"Work is feast or famine but not very challenging."
Do not go into consulting!

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.)

Chemical Engineer in Orlando:
Become an expert in EXCEL and VBA. More software packages the better. Also have vocational (wrench-turning) skills.

Chemical Engineer in Knoxville:
"Not What I Expected."
What you do as an Engineer has little to do with what you learn about in school in order to get a degree in Engineering. Almost everything you learn to do in school is done by computers. What you learn in school gives you the insight necessary to recognize when the computer output is wrong or right. You actually learn to be an Engineer while working on assignments given to you by your supervisor. In school you learn about theories, do calculations, and solve detailed problems. In the real world you apply the theories, interpret the results of calculations and solve larger more complex problems, most often ones that will affect people’s lives and not just a grade on your transcript.

Chemical Engineer in Longview:
The ability to find accurate information is vital to success.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Chemical Engineer

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 450 votes.
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Chemical Engineer Salaries

▲71%

▲37%

▲16%

National Average
$74,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Chemical Engineer Salaries


Advanced Process Control (APC)
▲19%








National Average
$74,000




Problem Solving
▼4%

▼5%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 450 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 8%