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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Chemical Engineers
Industry profile for Chemical Engineers
Geographic profile for Chemical Engineers

National estimates for Chemical Engineers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Chemical Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
25,770 2.6 % $ 55.20 $ 114,820 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Chemical Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 32.90 $ 40.81 $ 52.18 $ 65.56 $ 81.23
Annual Wage (2) $ 68,430 $ 84,890 $ 108,540 $ 136,360 $ 168,960


Industry profile for Chemical Engineers: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Chemical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 8,420 2.34 $ 56.94 $ 118,440
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,920 0.19 $ 57.98 $ 120,600
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,570 0.34 $ 55.09 $ 114,580
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,240 1.14 $ 62.03 $ 129,010
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,070 0.05 $ 54.54 $ 113,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Chemical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 8,420 2.34 $ 56.94 $ 118,440
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,240 1.14 $ 62.03 $ 129,010
Oil and Gas Extraction 490 0.39 $ 72.49 $ 150,780
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,570 0.34 $ 55.09 $ 114,580
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 510 0.30 $ 48.11 $ 100,080

Top paying industries for Chemical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 490 0.39 $ 72.49 $ 150,780
Management of Companies and Enterprises 900 0.04 $ 64.82 $ 134,830
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,240 1.14 $ 62.03 $ 129,010
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 340 0.21 $ 59.80 $ 124,390
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 (7) $ 58.23 $ 121,110


Geographic profile for Chemical Engineers: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Chemical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,800 0.48 2.59 $ 66.64 $ 138,600
California 1,910 0.12 0.63 $ 53.40 $ 111,070
New Jersey 1,130 0.30 1.62 $ 58.03 $ 120,710
Louisiana 1,080 0.60 3.25 $ 61.18 $ 127,260
Ohio 1,080 0.21 1.14 $ 47.85 $ 99,530




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Chemical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 360 0.85 4.58 $ 63.28 $ 131,630
Louisiana 1,080 0.60 3.25 $ 61.18 $ 127,260
Texas 5,800 0.48 2.59 $ 66.64 $ 138,600
Alabama 740 0.39 2.10 $ 50.49 $ 105,020
Colorado 850 0.33 1.78 $ 51.76 $ 107,670




Top paying states for Chemical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,800 0.48 2.59 $ 66.64 $ 138,600
Delaware 360 0.85 4.58 $ 63.28 $ 131,630
Louisiana 1,080 0.60 3.25 $ 61.18 $ 127,260
New Mexico 140 0.17 0.94 $ 60.13 $ 125,070
Idaho 160 0.22 1.19 $ 59.33 $ 123,400





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Chemical Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,210 1.08 5.84 $ 70.82 $ 147,310
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,000 0.11 0.61 $ 56.66 $ 117,850
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 960 0.35 1.91 $ 58.78 $ 122,250
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 560 0.16 0.85 $ 61.98 $ 128,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 550 0.10 0.51 $ 53.59 $ 111,480
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 550 3.61 19.47 $ 67.67 $ 140,750
Baton Rouge, LA 530 1.42 7.66 $ 66.47 $ 138,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 490 0.16 0.87 $ 55.31 $ 115,050
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 440 0.17 0.92 $ 50.68 $ 105,420
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 420 0.10 0.52 $ 50.81 $ 105,690




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Chemical Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, MI 170 5.42 29.24 $ 53.93 $ 112,170
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 550 3.61 19.47 $ 67.67 $ 140,750
Lake Charles, LA 250 2.47 13.31 $ 54.85 $ 114,090
Kennewick-Richland, WA 210 1.87 10.09 $ 56.33 $ 117,170
Boulder, CO 310 1.72 9.30 $ 61.90 $ 128,760
Idaho Falls, ID 110 1.65 8.91 $ 63.82 $ 132,740
Baton Rouge, LA 530 1.42 7.66 $ 66.47 $ 138,260
Corpus Christi, TX 220 1.21 6.52 $ 58.62 $ 121,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,210 1.08 5.84 $ 70.82 $ 147,310
Midland, TX 100 1.04 5.60 $ 76.01 $ 158,110




Top paying metropolitan areas for Chemical Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 100 1.04 5.60 $ 76.01 $ 158,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,210 1.08 5.84 $ 70.82 $ 147,310
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 550 3.61 19.47 $ 67.67 $ 140,750
Baton Rouge, LA 530 1.42 7.66 $ 66.47 $ 138,260
Idaho Falls, ID 110 1.65 8.91 $ 63.82 $ 132,740
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 560 0.16 0.85 $ 61.98 $ 128,930
Boulder, CO 310 1.72 9.30 $ 61.90 $ 128,760
Charleston, WV 50 0.44 2.38 $ 61.83 $ 128,610
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 40 0.04 0.21 $ 61.67 $ 128,270
Austin-Round Rock, TX 240 0.23 1.22 $ 60.65 $ 126,160

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Chemical Engineers:

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 220 1.54 8.32 (8) (8)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.49 2.67 $ 58.36 $ 121,380
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.70 3.78 (8) (8)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 2.00 $ 63.82 $ 132,750
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.20 1.06 $ 44.10 $ 91,720

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Chemical Engineers:

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 220 1.54 8.32 (8) (8)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.70 3.78 (8) (8)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 3.38 $ 48.79 $ 101,480
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 2.97 $ 56.89 $ 118,330
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 2.80 $ 51.77 $ 107,680

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Chemical Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 2.00 $ 63.82 $ 132,750
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 1.98 $ 58.74 $ 122,180
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.49 2.67 $ 58.36 $ 121,380
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 1.77 $ 56.93 $ 118,410
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 2.97 $ 56.89 $ 118,330


About May 2020 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021