Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
33,500 2.8 % $54.05 $112,430 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.92 $37.99 $49.12 $63.00 $81.29
Annual Wage (2) $62,230 $79,030 $102,160 $131,030 $169,080


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) 10,130 2.82 $55.35 $115,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,790 0.27 $56.10 $116,690
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,440 0.53 $56.31 $117,130
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,970 1.75 $55.64 $115,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,680 0.07 $73.98 $153,870

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) 10,130 2.82 $55.35 $115,130
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,970 1.75 $55.64 $115,740
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 1,210 0.72 $48.48 $100,840
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,610 0.56 $49.63 $103,220
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,440 0.53 $56.31 $117,130

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 1,680 0.07 $73.98 $153,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 170 0.13 $69.74 $145,060
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 770 0.04 $67.14 $139,650
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $56.98 $118,520
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,440 0.53 $56.31 $117,130


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 8,200 0.69 2.93 $70.03 $145,660
California 2,310 0.14 0.59 $50.54 $105,130
Louisiana 2,300 1.21 5.14 $51.96 $108,070
Ohio 1,620 0.30 1.28 $45.36 $94,350
Pennsylvania 1,530 0.27 1.13 $46.24 $96,170




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 560 1.26 5.35 $55.22 $114,860
Louisiana 2,300 1.21 5.14 $51.96 $108,070
Texas 8,200 0.69 2.93 $70.03 $145,660
West Virginia 310 0.45 1.91 $43.06 $89,570
South Carolina 740 0.37 1.56 $39.42 $81,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 8,200 0.69 2.93 $70.03 $145,660
Alaska 70 0.21 0.89 $66.04 $137,360
Virginia 870 0.23 0.98 $56.19 $116,880
Delaware 560 1.26 5.35 $55.22 $114,860
Maryland 900 0.34 1.44 $54.92 $114,230



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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 5,170 1.76 7.50 $72.73 $151,290
Baton Rouge, LA 1,090 2.79 11.87 $56.72 $117,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 840 0.34 1.43 $72.69 $151,190
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 750 1.35 5.74 $49.41 $102,780
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 640 0.35 1.48 $51.06 $106,200
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 1.80 7.66 $56.55 $117,620
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 540 0.39 1.67 $55.76 $115,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 530 0.21 0.90 $63.70 $132,490
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 470 0.41 1.73 $51.81 $107,770
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 450 2.79 11.88 $74.46 $154,870


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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 350 3.14 13.34 $44.27 $92,080
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 450 2.79 11.88 $74.46 $154,870
Baton Rouge, LA 1,090 2.79 11.87 $56.72 $117,980
Idaho Falls, ID 180 2.73 11.61 $57.12 $118,810
Kennewick-Richland, WA 280 2.52 10.72 $52.43 $109,050
Midland, MI 80 2.17 9.24 $56.81 $118,170
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 1.80 7.66 $56.55 $117,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,170 1.76 7.50 $72.73 $151,290
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 750 1.35 5.74 $49.41 $102,780
Bend-Redmond, OR 100 1.32 5.61 $50.37 $104,760


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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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 450 2.79 11.88 $74.46 $154,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,170 1.76 7.50 $72.73 $151,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 840 0.34 1.43 $72.69 $151,190
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.33 1.42 $71.82 $149,380
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $64.55 $134,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 530 0.21 0.90 $63.70 $132,490
Anchorage, AK 30 0.20 0.86 $63.40 $131,870
Jackson, MS (8) (8) (8) $59.40 $123,560
Midland, TX 50 0.61 2.59 $58.56 $121,800
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 240 0.20 0.84 $57.47 $119,530

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 2.19 9.30 (8) (8)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.03 4.38 (8) (8)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.51 2.16 $53.40 $111,060
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.40 1.72 $37.15 $77,270
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.84 3.56 $30.67 $63,800

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 2.19 9.30 (8) (8)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.03 4.38 (8) (8)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.84 3.56 $30.67 $63,800
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.83 3.52 $43.41 $90,290
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.65 2.78 (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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.51 2.16 $53.40 $111,060
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.73 $47.85 $99,520
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.89 $45.78 $95,230
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.38 $45.64 $94,930
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 1.52 $44.99 $93,580


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018