The median annual wage for chemical engineers was $97,360 in May 2015.
The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $59,470, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $157,160.
In May 2015, the median annual wages for chemical engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing
Resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers and filaments manufacturing
Basic chemical manufacturing
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences
Nearly all chemical engineers work full time. Occasionally, they may have to work additional hours to meet production targets and design standards or to troubleshoot problems with manufacturing processes.
Median annual wages, May 2015
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics