Chemical Engineer Salary

chemical-engineer-salary-chart-template.jpgChemical engineers apply technology and principles of engineering, chemistry, and physics to design chemical plant equipment and processes for the manufacture of chemical products, such as paper, pulp, cement, detergents, plastics, rubber, and gasoline.

Salary

Chemical engineers earn on average a salary of $102,270 a year. The top 10th percent earns at least $154,840; the bottom 10th earns at most $58,830. The median salary is $94,350 a year.

The top employing industries for chemical engineers are architectural, engineering, and related services (5,560 employed at $105,110 yearly on average); basic chemical manufacturing (4,240 at $106,140); and scientific research and development services (3,310 at $105,150). The top paying industry is natural gas distribution: average of $152,930 yearly (8 employed).

The top paying states are Virginia ($134,610 on average), Alaska ($126,250), and Texas ($120,700).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of chemical engineers is expected to increase 4% from 2012 to 2022, which is slower than average. While the growth of demand is expected for engineers who are trained in the operation of the latest technologies, the overall growth is stunted by a decline in manufacturing sectors in the U.S., which does not exclude chemical manufacturing.

Chemical Engineer Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $59,580 $89,720 $120,540 $90,250
Alaska $83,100 $118,280 $177,540 $126,250
Arizona $62,330 $89,530 $131,360 $92,280
Arkansas $61,960 $73,420 $110,520 $78,740
California $43,640 $94,970 $166,920 $100,530
Colorado $53,220 $90,300 $139,890 $93,160
Connecticut $61,170 $88,280 $131,040 $94,330
Delaware $72,390 $122,940 $173,090 $120,240
Florida $40,830 $48,520 $100,960 $64,160
Georgia $47,690 $85,440 $138,040 $88,930
Hawaii $63,050 $96,860 $136,360 $96,810
Idaho $67,240 $100,170 $148,250 $106,760
Illinois $65,390 $89,130 $130,120 $93,360
Indiana $49,820 $83,230 $124,470 $85,980
Kansas $64,600 $88,750 $121,050 $89,880
Kentucky $65,090 $87,350 $119,320 $88,970
Louisiana $70,670 $105,730 $167,920 $113,520
Maine $66,130 $91,540 $126,860 $93,120
Maryland $62,230 $100,910 $136,780 $99,180
Massachusetts $66,710 $93,390 $137,420 $98,050
Michigan $58,550 $91,920 $120,190 $90,050
Minnesota $60,180 $83,960 $118,020 $87,010
Mississippi $54,770 $76,000 $111,470 $79,670
Missouri $56,600 $87,530 $121,360 $88,860
Montana $66,250 $90,360 $151,150 $99,820
Nebraska $44,040 $79,850 $115,760 $80,850
Nevada $58,650 $86,620 $116,600 $88,570
New Hampshire $58,100 $73,230 $97,460 $75,690
New Jersey $62,780 $100,980 $171,030 $109,620
New Mexico $69,760 $95,890 $149,590 $107,280
New York $56,800 $91,530 $148,480 $97,140
North Carolina $53,830 $89,440 $139,010 $96,360
Ohio $57,820 $85,560 $121,120 $88,910
Oklahoma $55,570 $73,100 $136,910 $88,230
Oregon $62,550 $83,310 $108,500 $82,690
Pennsylvania $62,720 $93,120 $136,680 $94,590
South Carolina $57,090 $83,170 $126,920 $89,150
Tennessee $59,260 $86,620 $119,280 $90,500
Texas $56,000 $109,570 NA $120,700
Utah $53,130 $87,170 $137,470 $90,390
Virginia $67,640 $113,210 NA $134,610
Washington $56,220 $95,730 $135,560 $94,130
West Virginia $61,430 $87,520 $126,420 $90,760
Wisconsin $49,810 $73,840 $103,520 $73,880
Wyoming $52,350 $79,400 $117,110 $83,030