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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
32,060 2.9 % $55.03 $114,470 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.20 $39.37 $50.44 $64.10 $81.62
Annual Wage (2) $64,890 $81,900 $104,910 $133,320 $169,770


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)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 9,790 2.70 $57.07 $118,710
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,380 0.50 $57.30 $119,190
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,160 0.22 $54.70 $113,770
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,080 1.85 $58.11 $120,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,500 0.06 $72.95 $151,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 9,790 2.70 $57.07 $118,710
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,080 1.85 $58.11 $120,860
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 1,010 0.59 $47.83 $99,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,380 0.50 $57.30 $119,190
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,330 0.45 $51.53 $107,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,500 0.06 $72.95 $151,740
Oil and Gas Extraction 220 0.15 $72.38 $150,550
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,080 1.85 $58.11 $120,860
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,380 0.50 $57.30 $119,190
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 9,790 2.70 $57.07 $118,710


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 7,870 0.65 2.93 $71.02 $147,720
California 2,100 0.12 0.56 $49.81 $103,590
Louisiana 1,710 0.89 4.03 $53.41 $111,090
Ohio 1,640 0.30 1.37 $46.19 $96,080
New Jersey 1,430 0.35 1.59 $58.76 $122,210




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 550 1.24 5.59 $57.83 $120,280
Louisiana 1,710 0.89 4.03 $53.41 $111,090
Texas 7,870 0.65 2.93 $71.02 $147,720
West Virginia 300 0.43 1.92 $46.84 $97,430
South Carolina 840 0.41 1.84 $42.25 $87,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 7,870 0.65 2.93 $71.02 $147,720
Alaska 70 0.22 1.00 $64.64 $134,440
New Jersey 1,430 0.35 1.59 $58.76 $122,210
Delaware 550 1.24 5.59 $57.83 $120,280
District of Columbia 80 0.11 0.51 $56.48 $117,470





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 4,400 1.47 6.66 $76.52 $159,150
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,460 0.51 2.31 $57.77 $120,150
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,090 0.30 1.37 $72.16 $150,080
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 960 0.10 0.46 $52.86 $109,960
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 700 0.25 1.14 $51.82 $107,790
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 670 0.28 1.25 $54.92 $114,240
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 670 0.14 0.65 $45.59 $94,820
Baton Rouge, LA 660 1.67 7.53 $62.95 $130,940
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 660 0.21 0.94 $55.21 $114,840
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 590 1.06 4.80 $50.05 $104,100




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 590 3.68 16.61 $67.82 $141,070
Lake Charles, LA 390 3.35 15.12 $44.25 $92,040
Idaho Falls, ID 190 2.83 12.78 $58.42 $121,520
Kennewick-Richland, WA 260 2.31 10.41 $52.50 $109,200
Baton Rouge, LA 660 1.67 7.53 $62.95 $130,940
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 340 1.53 6.91 $41.79 $86,920
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,400 1.47 6.66 $76.52 $159,150
Corpus Christi, TX 260 1.39 6.27 (8) (8)
College Station-Bryan, TX 130 1.10 4.95 $25.67 $53,390
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 590 1.06 4.80 $50.05 $104,100




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,400 1.47 6.66 $76.52 $159,150
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,090 0.30 1.37 $72.16 $150,080
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 590 3.68 16.61 $67.82 $141,070
Anchorage, AK 40 0.21 0.96 $64.75 $134,680
Midland, TX 60 0.63 2.83 $63.05 $131,140
Baton Rouge, LA 660 1.67 7.53 $62.95 $130,940
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 40 0.04 0.17 $60.51 $125,860
Jackson, MS (8) (8) (8) $60.22 $125,260
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 80 0.52 2.33 $59.80 $124,380
Mobile, AL 140 0.78 3.54 $59.51 $123,790

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)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 310 2.14 9.66 (8) (8)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 0.61 2.75 $56.13 $116,750
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.68 3.05 (8) (8)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.39 1.75 $37.35 $77,700
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.34 1.51 $42.83 $89,080

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)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 310 2.14 9.66 (8) (8)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 4.07 $44.05 $91,630
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.68 3.05 (8) (8)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 2.79 (8) (8)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 0.61 2.75 $56.13 $116,750

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 0.61 2.75 $56.13 $116,750
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.34 $51.82 $107,790
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.66 $48.62 $101,120
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 1.66 $47.39 $98,570
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 4.07 $44.05 $91,630


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019