Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
32,230 2.7 % $49.98 $103,960 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.59 $36.35 $46.81 $59.96 $75.56
Annual Wage (2) $59,470 $75,600 $97,360 $124,710 $157,160


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 5,600 0.40 $53.49 $111,260
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,740 3.19 $50.44 $104,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,030 0.47 $50.36 $104,740
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,320 2.50 $50.84 $105,740
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,000 1.81 $55.39 $115,210

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 4,740 3.19 $50.44 $104,920
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 980 2.63 $45.88 $95,430
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,320 2.50 $50.84 $105,740
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,000 1.81 $55.39 $115,210
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 660 1.08 $46.83 $97,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 580 0.30 $68.56 $142,600
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 50 0.04 $63.16 $131,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises 900 0.04 $60.35 $125,540
Nonresidential Building Construction 80 0.01 $58.44 $121,550
Natural Gas Distribution 160 0.14 $56.03 $116,540


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 6,910 0.60 2.55 $58.74 $122,190
California 2,340 0.15 0.65 $51.58 $107,280
Louisiana 2,330 1.20 5.15 $54.73 $113,840
Pennsylvania 1,530 0.27 1.15 $46.97 $97,690
New Jersey 1,370 0.35 1.50 $48.81 $101,520



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 530 1.21 5.19 $58.23 $121,130
Louisiana 2,330 1.20 5.15 $54.73 $113,840
Texas 6,910 0.60 2.55 $58.74 $122,190
West Virginia 270 0.38 1.64 $48.77 $101,450
Wyoming 100 0.35 1.50 $44.25 $92,040



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,910 0.60 2.55 $58.74 $122,190
Delaware 530 1.21 5.19 $58.23 $121,130
New Mexico 80 0.10 0.41 $55.40 $115,230
Louisiana 2,330 1.20 5.15 $54.73 $113,840
Alaska 110 0.33 1.43 $54.12 $112,570




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,360 1.49 6.37 $60.73 $126,310
Baton Rouge, LA 1,380 3.53 15.09 $56.55 $117,630
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 660 0.10 0.44 $44.09 $91,710
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 590 1.73 7.41 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 570 0.23 1.01 $57.05 $118,650
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 530 0.46 1.97 $48.60 $101,090
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 510 0.29 1.23 $49.13 $102,180
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 510 0.22 0.93 $54.65 $113,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.12 0.52 $51.70 $107,540
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 490 2.95 12.63 $64.29 $133,730



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)
Lake Charles, LA 380 3.94 16.87 $51.46 $107,040
Baton Rouge, LA 1,380 3.53 15.09 $56.55 $117,630
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 490 2.95 12.63 $64.29 $133,730
Corpus Christi, TX 400 2.11 9.02 $53.49 $111,250
Kennewick-Richland, WA 210 2.06 8.79 $52.19 $108,560
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 590 1.73 7.41 (8) (8)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,360 1.49 6.37 $60.73 $126,310
Midland, TX 130 1.44 6.15 $64.33 $133,820
Decatur, AL 60 1.20 5.14 $44.67 $92,910
Evansville, IN-KY 180 1.18 5.07 $58.09 $120,820



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)
Midland, TX 130 1.44 6.15 $64.33 $133,820
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 490 2.95 12.63 $64.29 $133,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,360 1.49 6.37 $60.73 $126,310
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 30 0.24 1.04 $60.12 $125,050
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $59.60 $123,960
Evansville, IN-KY 180 1.18 5.07 $58.09 $120,820
Idaho Falls, ID 40 0.61 2.63 $57.87 $120,380
Waco, TX 50 0.50 2.14 $57.54 $119,680
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.32 1.37 $57.07 $118,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 570 0.23 1.01 $57.05 $118,650

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 Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.59 2.54 $52.52 $109,250
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.50 2.12 $46.61 $96,950
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 1.59 (8) (8)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 1.74 $48.56 $101,000
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 1.73 $44.38 $92,320

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.59 2.54 $52.52 $109,250
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 2.43 (8) (8)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.50 2.12 $46.61 $96,950
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 1.87 $36.30 $75,500
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 1.74 $48.56 $101,000

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.59 2.54 $52.52 $109,250
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 1.74 $48.56 $101,000
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $47.49 $98,770
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.50 2.12 $46.61 $96,950
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.72 $46.41 $96,520


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016