Chemical engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Chemical engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Texas $128,490
Alaska $125,160
New Jersey $115,330
Delaware $117,080
District of Columbia $126,050
Idaho $106,780
Maryland $114,300
Virginia $112,110
Kansas $98,201
Louisiana $102,530
New Mexico $104,290
Massachusetts $95,690
Mississippi $105,440
Kentucky $101,180
Iowa $100,640
Oklahoma $105,800
Illinois $93,076
Tennessee $104,700
Alabama $100,713
Missouri $101,950
Wyoming $102,870
Arizona $100,090
Indiana $97,228
Washington $100,450
California $98,560
Michigan $96,500
Colorado $94,740
New York $97,530
Pennsylvania $94,925
North Carolina $97,700
Minnesota $94,290
Oregon $91,740
West Virginia $93,770
Florida $91,430
Ohio $93,990
Utah $90,150
Wisconsin $87,960
Georgia $90,760
Nebraska $84,530
Rhode Island $82,280
Connecticut $82,830
Arkansas $90,730
South Carolina $81,610
Montana $90,700
New Hampshire $78,690
Puerto Rico $57,880

How much does a Chemical Engineer earn?

Chemical engineering offers one of the highest paying careers for both entry level and experienced chemical engineers. The median annual wage for chemical engineers was $96,940 in May 2014. Chemical engineers can earn good salaries straight out of school, but years of experience or higher education can double the salary rate.

Consider this salary survey based on experience from PayScale.com:

Chemical Engineer < 1 Year Experience: $51,710 - $66,286
Chemical Engineer with 1-4 Years Experience: $56,206 - $70,414
Chemical Engineer with 5-9 Years Experience: $64,618 - $84,199
Chemical Engineer with 10-19 Years Experience: $74,546 - $101,299
Chemical Engineer with More than 20 Years Experience: $83,304 - $126,418

In May 2014, the median annual wages for chemical engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing - $112,670
Basic chemical manufacturing - $100,530
Resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibres and filaments manufacturing - $100,040
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences - $98,860
Engineering services - $96,950

How do chemical engineer salaries compare to similar careers?

Chemical engineers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than aerospace engineers but more than sales engineers.

Career Median Salary
Aerospace engineer salary $115K
Computer hardware engineer salary $115K
Chemical engineer salary $105K
Biochemical engineer salary $97K
Robotics engineer salary $97K
Nuclear engineer salary $101K
Sales engineer salary $94K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)