Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
33,300 2.5 % $50.16 $104,340 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.52 $36.00 $46.02 $58.30 $76.43
Annual Wage (2) $59,320 $74,870 $95,730 $121,250 $158,980


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,810 0.44 $50.55 $105,140
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,370 3.04 $52.23 $108,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,730 0.59 $50.32 $104,670
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,140 2.36 $49.41 $102,780
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,000 1.79 $56.24 $116,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,370 3.04 $52.23 $108,630
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,140 2.36 $49.41 $102,780
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 670 1.85 $43.57 $90,630
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,000 1.79 $56.24 $116,990
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 760 0.93 $47.67 $99,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 650 0.34 $76.12 $158,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,280 0.06 $67.27 $139,910
Natural Gas Distribution 190 0.18 $60.32 $125,470
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $60.07 $124,950
Employment Services 240 0.01 $57.74 $120,110


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 6,680 0.61 2.44 $61.27 $127,430
California 2,310 0.16 0.62 $46.96 $97,670
Louisiana 2,170 1.15 4.57 $56.04 $116,570
New Jersey 1,640 0.43 1.71 $51.94 $108,030
Pennsylvania 1,620 0.29 1.15 $46.10 $95,890




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 660 1.59 6.34 $59.97 $124,730
Louisiana 2,170 1.15 4.57 $56.04 $116,570
Texas 6,680 0.61 2.44 $61.27 $127,430
Montana 200 0.45 1.80 $46.76 $97,250
New Jersey 1,640 0.43 1.71 $51.94 $108,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 1,210 0.33 1.33 $62.51 $130,020
Texas 6,680 0.61 2.44 $61.27 $127,430
Alaska 120 0.37 1.49 $60.09 $124,990
Delaware 660 1.59 6.34 $59.97 $124,730
Louisiana 2,170 1.15 4.57 $56.04 $116,570





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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,400 1.59 6.35 $67.06 $139,490
Baton Rouge, LA 1,420 3.88 15.46 $57.14 $118,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 880 0.37 1.49 $72.32 $150,420
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 870 0.47 1.88 $46.38 $96,460
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.22 0.88 $47.19 $98,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 780 0.20 0.78 $43.80 $91,100
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 760 0.80 3.17 $53.61 $111,510
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 740 2.27 9.03 $58.70 $122,090
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 690 0.13 0.53 $46.49 $96,700
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 540 0.31 1.24 $48.74 $101,380




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,420 3.88 15.46 $57.14 $118,850
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 530 3.40 13.53 $55.96 $116,390
Lake Charles, LA 210 2.39 9.51 $44.86 $93,310
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 740 2.27 9.03 $58.70 $122,090
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 220 2.21 8.82 $49.83 $103,650
Corpus Christi, TX 350 1.92 7.63 $48.71 $101,320
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 190 1.59 6.33 $53.52 $111,320
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,400 1.59 6.35 $67.06 $139,490
Midland, TX 110 1.27 5.07 $51.24 $106,590
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 160 1.02 4.05 $46.04 $95,760




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 880 0.37 1.49 $72.32 $150,420
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.27 1.08 $68.81 $143,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,400 1.59 6.35 $67.06 $139,490
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.19 0.77 $60.07 $124,950
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 740 2.27 9.03 $58.70 $122,090
Baton Rouge, LA 1,420 3.88 15.46 $57.14 $118,850
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 530 3.40 13.53 $55.96 $116,390
Anchorage, AK 100 0.58 2.32 $55.32 $115,060
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.23 0.91 $55.14 $114,690
Tulsa, OK 130 0.30 1.20 $53.73 $111,760

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 270 0.94 3.72 $46.22 $96,140
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.08 4.30 $42.87 $89,160
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.97 3.87 $41.67 $86,670
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.25 1.00 $46.71 $97,160
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.32 1.28 (8) (8)

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.08 4.30 $42.87 $89,160
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.97 3.87 $41.67 $86,670
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 270 0.94 3.72 $46.22 $96,140
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.61 2.43 (8) (8)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.47 $45.92 $95,510

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $47.83 $99,480
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.82 $47.00 $97,750
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.25 1.00 $46.71 $97,160
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 270 0.94 3.72 $46.22 $96,140
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.47 $45.92 $95,510


About May 2013 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 mean 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014