Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
32,190 2.4 % $49.17 $102,270 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.28 $35.49 $45.36 $57.26 $74.44
Annual Wage (2) $58,830 $73,810 $94,350 $119,100 $154,840


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 5,560 0.43 $50.53 $105,110
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,240 2.96 $51.03 $106,140
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,310 0.52 $50.55 $105,150
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,110 2.31 $46.21 $96,110
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,890 1.70 $52.54 $109,280

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 4,240 2.96 $51.03 $106,140
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,110 2.31 $46.21 $96,110
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,890 1.70 $52.54 $109,280
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 550 1.53 $38.07 $79,180
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 680 0.80 $48.88 $101,670

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) $73.53 $152,930
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,250 0.06 $68.65 $142,790
Oil and Gas Extraction 580 0.32 $64.36 $133,870
Support Activities for Mining 190 0.05 $61.89 $128,740
Employment Services 210 0.01 $56.80 $118,150


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 6,000 0.57 2.30 $58.03 $120,700
California 2,210 0.15 0.63 $48.33 $100,530
Louisiana 1,930 1.04 4.19 $54.58 $113,520
Pennsylvania 1,760 0.31 1.27 $45.48 $94,590
Ohio 1,460 0.29 1.17 $42.75 $88,910




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)
Louisiana 1,930 1.04 4.19 $54.58 $113,520
Texas 6,000 0.57 2.30 $58.03 $120,700
Montana 230 0.53 2.16 $47.99 $99,820
South Carolina 900 0.50 2.03 $42.86 $89,150
Massachusetts 1,200 0.37 1.51 $47.14 $98,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 1,270 0.35 1.43 $64.72 $134,610
Alaska 100 0.31 1.26 $60.70 $126,250
Texas 6,000 0.57 2.30 $58.03 $120,700
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $57.81 $120,240
Louisiana 1,930 1.04 4.19 $54.58 $113,520





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 3,740 1.42 5.73 $63.76 $132,620
Baton Rouge, LA 1,340 3.69 14.95 $55.35 $115,140
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 950 0.40 1.64 (8) (8)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 820 0.45 1.83 $46.23 $96,160
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 750 0.21 0.83 $47.57 $98,940
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 670 0.71 2.86 $53.36 $110,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.17 0.69 $48.60 $101,080
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 640 1.98 8.02 $58.70 $122,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 600 0.35 1.42 $47.25 $98,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 540 0.10 0.42 $50.29 $104,610




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,340 3.69 14.95 $55.35 $115,140
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 480 3.06 12.40 $54.33 $113,000
Lake Charles, LA 190 2.14 8.66 $47.93 $99,700
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 640 1.98 8.02 $58.70 $122,090
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 200 1.75 7.07 $54.65 $113,670
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 140 1.48 5.99 $49.15 $102,230
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,740 1.42 5.73 $63.76 $132,620
Billings, MT 110 1.40 5.68 $51.80 $107,740
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 220 1.38 5.59 $43.17 $89,790
Victoria, TX 70 1.38 5.59 $45.42 $94,460




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)
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.25 1.02 $71.58 $148,880
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,740 1.42 5.73 $63.76 $132,620
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.27 1.09 $61.49 $127,900
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 640 1.98 8.02 $58.70 $122,090
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.22 $55.51 $115,450
Baton Rouge, LA 1,340 3.69 14.95 $55.35 $115,140
Anchorage, AK 80 0.46 1.88 $54.99 $114,380
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 200 1.75 7.07 $54.65 $113,670
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 480 3.06 12.40 $54.33 $113,000
Corpus Christi, TX 130 0.74 2.98 $53.92 $112,150

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 290 1.00 4.06 $45.63 $94,910
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.81 3.29 $43.44 $90,360
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.31 1.27 $34.86 $72,500
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 2.35 (8) (8)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 1.15 $56.37 $117,250

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 290 1.00 4.06 $45.63 $94,910
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.81 3.29 $43.44 $90,360
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 2.35 (8) (8)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 1.73 $44.52 $92,610
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.53 (8) (8)

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 1.15 $56.37 $117,250
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $48.59 $101,070
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 0.91 $47.07 $97,910
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.86 $46.33 $96,370
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 290 1.00 4.06 $45.63 $94,910


About May 2012 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:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013