Chemical engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Chemical engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Texas $112,820
Delaware $119,160
Arizona $104,100
District of Columbia $116,710
Louisiana $105,190
Maryland $112,820
Idaho $102,340
Virginia $105,020
New Mexico $109,470
Kansas $99,910
Alabama $104,490
Florida $88,250
California $99,500
New Jersey $98,320
Oklahoma $98,530
West Virginia $98,100
Wyoming $100,530
Washington $101,390
Massachusetts $93,960
Mississippi $98,690
Pennsylvania $96,890
Missouri $94,370
Tennessee $95,270
Nevada $92,850
Connecticut $93,720
New York $93,690
Rhode Island $88,940
Illinois $87,210
Michigan $93,780
Wisconsin $89,890
Colorado $88,890
Georgia $90,170
New Hampshire $92,540
North Dakota $88,820
Iowa $87,470
Maine $94,120
Oregon $88,670
Indiana $88,430
North Carolina $87,480
Kentucky $85,580
South Carolina $79,670
Ohio $86,540
Nebraska $78,260
Minnesota $77,020
Arkansas $76,880
Puerto Rico $49,590

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 software engineers but more than software quality assurance engineers.

Career Median Salary
Software engineer salary $78K
Computer systems engineer salary $66K
Product safety engineer salary $89K
Water engineer salary $87K
Aerospace engineer salary $81K
Chemical engineer salary $75K
Electrical engineer salary $73K
Ship engineer salary $73K
Agricultural engineer salary $75K
Software quality assurance engineer salary $60K