Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
27,860 2.5 % $47.81 $99,440 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.55 $35.12 $44.68 $55.98 $70.50
Annual Wage (2) $59,380 $73,060 $92,930 $116,430 $146,650


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 5,100 0.40 $51.47 $107,050
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 3,680 2.58 $47.87 $99,560
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,360 0.53 $50.07 $104,140
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,100 2.40 $44.04 $91,610
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,250 1.13 $50.02 $104,040

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 3,680 2.58 $47.87 $99,560
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,100 2.40 $44.04 $91,610
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 500 1.40 $39.85 $82,890
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,250 1.13 $50.02 $104,040
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 410 0.74 $44.20 $91,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $75.93 $157,940
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $67.94 $141,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises 870 0.05 $62.62 $130,250
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.02 $60.26 $125,340
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 700 0.07 $55.07 $114,550


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 4,880 0.47 2.18 $55.71 $115,870
California 1,770 0.13 0.58 $50.58 $105,200
Louisiana 1,530 0.83 3.84 $53.49 $111,260
Ohio 1,490 0.30 1.38 $46.31 $96,320
Pennsylvania 1,300 0.23 1.08 $43.84 $91,190




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)
Louisiana 1,530 0.83 3.84 $53.49 $111,260
South Carolina 930 0.53 2.43 $42.84 $89,110
Texas 4,880 0.47 2.18 $55.71 $115,870
Wyoming 100 0.37 1.71 $39.34 $81,830
Massachusetts 1,150 0.37 1.68 $45.87 $95,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.14 0.64 $65.22 $135,670
Montana 140 0.33 1.51 $57.52 $119,650
Virginia 1,010 0.28 1.31 $56.81 $118,160
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $56.80 $118,140
Texas 4,880 0.47 2.18 $55.71 $115,870





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 3,040 1.19 5.48 $62.02 $129,000
Baton Rouge, LA 1,010 2.83 13.04 $54.25 $112,830
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 650 2.04 9.40 $57.23 $119,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 630 0.27 1.25 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 610 0.36 1.68 $47.46 $98,720
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 540 0.57 2.64 $47.39 $98,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 520 0.15 0.67 $45.03 $93,650
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 450 0.25 1.14 $43.54 $90,570
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 450 0.46 2.11 $53.24 $110,740
Baltimore-Towson, MD 430 0.35 1.60 $46.89 $97,530




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 1,010 2.83 13.04 $54.25 $112,830
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 650 2.04 9.40 $57.23 $119,040
Lake Charles, LA 170 1.98 9.13 $46.73 $97,200
College Station-Bryan, TX 160 1.77 8.17 $21.33 $44,360
Bay City, MI 60 1.66 7.63 $46.41 $96,540
Victoria, TX 80 1.59 7.30 $47.87 $99,560
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 140 1.40 6.44 $48.54 $100,970
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 210 1.37 6.29 $43.16 $89,770
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 270 1.35 6.22 $44.98 $93,550
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 200 1.26 5.82 $45.52 $94,680




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)
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.29 1.36 $66.21 $137,720
Billings, MT 80 1.04 4.78 $64.07 $133,270
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $63.08 $131,210
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,040 1.19 5.48 $62.02 $129,000
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 0.95 $59.50 $123,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.11 0.51 $57.42 $119,440
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 650 2.04 9.40 $57.23 $119,040
Baton Rouge, LA 1,010 2.83 13.04 $54.25 $112,830
Gainesville, FL 30 0.27 1.24 $53.84 $111,990
Akron, OH 70 0.23 1.05 $53.65 $111,600

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.77 3.55 $42.60 $88,620
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.91 4.18 $43.06 $89,570
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 2.46 $39.03 $81,180
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 2.95 (8) (8)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 1.25 $56.96 $118,490

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.91 4.18 $43.06 $89,570
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 4.14 $43.52 $90,520
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.77 3.55 $42.60 $88,620
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 2.95 (8) (8)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 2.46 $39.03 $81,180

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 1.25 $56.96 $118,490
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $51.70 $107,530
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 1.38 $50.14 $104,290
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.94 $46.15 $95,990
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.11 $45.50 $94,640


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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