|Quick Facts: Chemical Engineers|
$106,260 per year
$51.09 per hour
|8% (Faster than average)|
Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, physics, and engineering to design equipment and processes for manufacturing products such as gasoline, detergents, and paper.
Chemical engineers typically work in an office setting or in laboratories. Most chemical engineers work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.
To enter the occupation, chemical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire candidates who have gained experience in an internship or a cooperative education program.
The median annual wage for chemical engineers was $106,260 in May 2022.
Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 1,300 openings for chemical engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for chemical engineers.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of chemical engineers with similar occupations.
Learn more about chemical engineers by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.