Salary for Chemical Engineers

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Also known as:  Absorption and Adsorption Engineer, Chemical Process Engineer, Chemical Research Engineer, Fuels Engineer, Oxidation Engineer, Plastics Engineer, Polymerization Engineer, Refinery Process Engineer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

These college-educated professionals often pursue Master's or doctoral degrees, and apply their advanced knowledge of engineering, physics and chemistry to the design of chemical plant equipment and processes used to manufacture chemicals and products ranging from detergent to paper. Additionally, these professionals monitor the production chain in chemical plants to ensure the safety and reliability of key measurements, and to troubleshoot problems that may arise. They are required to stay informed regarding the relevant regulations regarding chemical use, storage, and disposal, and to comply with environmental regulations.

A Chemical Engineer will normally get a pay level of $68,430 to $168,960 depending on experience and domain knowledge. will usually earn a wage of one hundred and fourteen thousand eight hundred and twenty dollars on an annual basis.

can obtain the highest salaries in Texas, which has average pay scales of close to $138,600. These employees make the highest salary in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they receive wages of $146,110.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 44.70 percent nationwide in that time.


Chemical Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Wholesale Trade
Public Administration