Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-2041 Chemical Engineers

Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
28,720 2.9 % $45.48 $94,590 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.17 $34.11 $43.42 $54.15 $67.15
Annual Wage (2) $56,520 $70,940 $90,300 $112,630 $139,670


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,890 0.38 $46.91 $97,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,620 0.59 $48.16 $100,180
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 3,510 2.46 $45.25 $94,130
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,130 2.35 $42.14 $87,650
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,670 0.59 $45.40 $94,440

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 3,510 2.46 $45.25 $94,130
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,130 2.35 $42.14 $87,650
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 560 1.56 $40.07 $83,350
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,370 1.23 $47.44 $98,680
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 710 0.85 $43.54 $90,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $67.97 $141,380
Oil and Gas Extraction 870 0.56 $55.02 $114,450
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $54.74 $113,850
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $52.82 $109,860
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 380 0.04 $50.36 $104,760


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,030 0.50 2.20 $50.58 $105,200
California 1,970 0.14 0.62 $51.28 $106,670
Ohio 1,700 0.34 1.52 $42.20 $87,780
New Jersey 1,360 0.36 1.60 $46.46 $96,630
Illinois 1,290 0.23 1.03 $40.97 $85,230




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 710 1.78 7.87 $56.17 $116,840
Louisiana 1,100 0.60 2.66 $48.46 $100,790
South Carolina 920 0.53 2.34 $43.34 $90,150
Texas 5,030 0.50 2.20 $50.58 $105,200
Massachusetts 1,270 0.41 1.80 $43.06 $89,570




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.24 1.07 $61.08 $127,040
Wisconsin 420 0.16 0.71 $56.94 $118,430
Delaware 710 1.78 7.87 $56.17 $116,840
Montana 130 0.31 1.37 $56.11 $116,720
Wyoming 110 0.39 1.74 $54.41 $113,170

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,710 1.08 4.79 $52.95 $110,140
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 780 0.22 0.97 $42.40 $88,180
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 730 0.77 3.39 $48.66 $101,200
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 650 0.39 1.73 $44.06 $91,640
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 570 1.79 7.94 $57.23 $119,030
Baton Rouge, LA 530 1.48 6.56 $47.28 $98,330
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 520 0.54 2.39 $44.85 $93,280
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 410 0.43 1.88 $41.87 $87,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 380 0.19 0.84 $45.46 $94,560
Pittsburgh, PA 370 0.34 1.51 $42.53 $88,470




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 320 2.03 9.00 $53.45 $111,180
Victoria, TX 90 1.93 8.55 $42.13 $87,640
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 570 1.79 7.94 $57.23 $119,030
College Station-Bryan, TX 160 1.78 7.88 $21.71 $45,150
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 160 1.68 7.45 $47.44 $98,670
Lake Charles, LA 140 1.61 7.12 $41.67 $86,680
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 240 1.56 6.88 $42.79 $89,010
Baton Rouge, LA 530 1.48 6.56 $47.28 $98,330
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 290 1.44 6.38 $44.29 $92,130
Wilmington, NC 170 1.26 5.57 $45.43 $94,480




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Madison, WI 140 0.44 1.96 $65.97 $137,220
San Antonio, TX 280 0.34 1.49 $61.05 $126,990
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 130 0.48 2.14 $59.03 $122,790
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $58.58 $121,840
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 570 1.79 7.94 $57.23 $119,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 0.42 $57.06 $118,690
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.23 1.01 $54.67 $113,710
Denver-Aurora, CO 310 0.26 1.15 $54.48 $113,320
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $54.06 $112,440
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 320 2.03 9.00 $53.45 $111,180

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.80 3.55 $41.82 $86,990
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 3.26 $61.35 $127,610
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.35 1.53 $38.84 $80,780
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.19 0.82 $47.85 $99,530
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.33 5.87 $55.20 $114,820

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.33 5.87 $55.20 $114,820
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.98 4.34 (8) (8)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.80 3.55 $41.82 $86,990
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 3.26 $61.35 $127,610
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 2.33 $59.41 $123,580

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 3.26 $61.35 $127,610
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 2.33 $59.41 $123,580
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 0.90 $57.02 $118,600
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.33 5.87 $55.20 $114,820
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 2.16 $53.37 $111,000


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011