How Much do Chemical Engineers Make?

Do chemical engineers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for chemical engineers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, chemical engineers in the United States earn an average of $117,090 a year, equivalent to $56.29 an hour. Chemical engineers make 119% more than the average American worker.

Chemical engineers in Texas are the best paid, making $150,510 a year, while chemical engineers in Utah make the least at $83,750.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Chemical Engineer Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $84.66 $176,090
75th $66.28 $137,860
50th $52.30 $108,770
25th $40.73 $84,720
10th $32.12 $66,810
Chemical Engineer Wages by State

In what states do chemical engineers make the most? In what states do chemical engineers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $50.87 $105,800
Alaska $69.28 $144,110
Arizona $42.19 $87,750
Arkansas $45.50 $94,640
California $50.30 $104,620
Colorado $50.38 $104,800
Connecticut $41.56 $86,430
Delaware $60.89 $126,650
Florida $47.08 $97,930
Georgia $45.37 $94,360
Idaho $58.36 $121,390
Illinois $46.85 $97,450
Indiana $49.99 $103,980
Iowa $53.75 $111,810
Kansas $41.18 $85,650
Kentucky $51.03 $106,140
Louisiana $55.50 $115,430
Maine $44.96 $93,520
Maryland $55.21 $114,840
Massachusetts $55.56 $115,560
Michigan $49.47 $102,900
Minnesota $53.05 $110,340
Mississippi $52.40 $108,990
Missouri $50.43 $104,890
Montana $51.49 $107,110
Nebraska $52.68 $109,570
Nevada $51.66 $107,460
New Hampshire $43.55 $90,590
New Jersey $60.90 $126,670
New Mexico $58.72 $122,140
New York $50.10 $104,220
North Carolina $50.05 $104,100
Ohio $47.88 $99,600
Oklahoma $55.37 $115,180
Oregon $48.90 $101,710
Pennsylvania $45.57 $94,790
Rhode Island $42.63 $88,680
South Carolina $46.85 $97,450
Tennessee $53.08 $110,410
Texas $72.36 $150,510
Utah $40.27 $83,750
Virginia $53.76 $111,810
Washington $51.61 $107,340
West Virginia $46.45 $96,620
Wisconsin $44.71 $93,010
Wyoming $50.44 $104,920
Metro Areas Where Chemical Engineers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Houston, TX $78.04 $162,330
Midland, TX $73.16 $152,170
Dallas, TX $72.44 $150,680
Beaumont, TX $66.70 $138,740
Baton Rouge, LA $62.97 $130,970
Jackson, MS $62.63 $130,270
Trenton, NJ $61.46 $127,830
Decatur, AL $61.33 $127,560
Idaho Falls, ID $60.71 $126,270
Philadelphia, PA $59.67 $124,120
Chemical Engineer Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $56.29 $117,090
2018 $55.03 $114,470
2017 $54.05 $112,430
2016 $50.68 $105,420
2015 $49.98 $103,960
2014 $49.80 $103,590
2013 $50.16 $104,340
2012 $49.17 $102,270
2011 $47.81 $99,440