Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
33,470 2.7 % $49.80 $103,590 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.59 $36.27 $46.60 $59.28 $75.47
Annual Wage (2) $59,480 $75,440 $96,940 $123,300 $156,980


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 6,090 0.45 $49.72 $103,410
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 4,610 3.19 $51.82 $107,780
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,370 0.53 $50.64 $105,320
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,360 2.14 $56.87 $118,290
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,250 2.44 $50.00 $104,000

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 4,610 3.19 $51.82 $107,780
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 2,250 2.44 $50.00 $104,000
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,360 2.14 $56.87 $118,290
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 750 2.10 $44.29 $92,130
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 760 0.92 $46.53 $96,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 730 0.38 $70.59 $146,820
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,070 0.05 $64.08 $133,290
Employment Services 310 0.01 $59.38 $123,500
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,360 2.14 $56.87 $118,290
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 720 0.06 $53.43 $111,120


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 6,990 0.62 2.51 $58.17 $120,990
California 2,320 0.15 0.62 $46.33 $96,370
Louisiana 2,190 1.14 4.62 $55.47 $115,380
New Jersey 1,730 0.45 1.80 $49.76 $103,510
Pennsylvania 1,630 0.29 1.17 $48.14 $100,130




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 690 1.64 6.61 $61.57 $128,060
Louisiana 2,190 1.14 4.62 $55.47 $115,380
Texas 6,990 0.62 2.51 $58.17 $120,990
Alaska 160 0.50 2.01 $56.65 $117,830
New Jersey 1,730 0.45 1.80 $49.76 $103,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 690 1.64 6.61 $61.57 $128,060
Texas 6,990 0.62 2.51 $58.17 $120,990
Alaska 160 0.50 2.01 $56.65 $117,830
New Mexico 80 0.10 0.42 $55.60 $115,640
Virginia 1,220 0.33 1.35 $55.53 $115,500





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 4,320 1.52 6.13 $61.72 $128,380
Baton Rouge, LA 1,320 3.45 13.91 $57.52 $119,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 810 0.34 1.37 $64.62 $134,400
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.21 0.87 $49.91 $103,810
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 770 2.27 9.17 $60.48 $125,800
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 760 0.41 1.64 $48.69 $101,270
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 740 0.77 3.11 $54.17 $112,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.17 0.70 $42.87 $89,180
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 630 0.28 1.13 $49.32 $102,590
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 600 0.11 0.45 $46.49 $96,710




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)
Lake Charles, LA 390 4.41 17.79 $50.71 $105,480
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 580 3.67 14.81 $57.71 $120,040
Baton Rouge, LA 1,320 3.45 13.91 $57.52 $119,640
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 770 2.27 9.17 $60.48 $125,800
Corpus Christi, TX 420 2.27 9.17 $53.74 $111,770
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 190 1.94 7.82 $50.71 $105,490
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,320 1.52 6.13 $61.72 $128,380
Midland, TX 130 1.50 6.04 $58.41 $121,490
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 200 1.25 5.04 $50.98 $106,040
Evansville, IN-KY 200 1.15 4.65 $56.40 $117,300




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 810 0.34 1.37 $64.62 $134,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,320 1.52 6.13 $61.72 $128,380
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 770 2.27 9.17 $60.48 $125,800
Midland, TX 130 1.50 6.04 $58.41 $121,490
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 580 3.67 14.81 $57.71 $120,040
Baton Rouge, LA 1,320 3.45 13.91 $57.52 $119,640
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.29 1.18 $57.28 $119,140
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 70 1.08 4.35 $56.67 $117,870
Evansville, IN-KY 200 1.15 4.65 $56.40 $117,300
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 740 0.77 3.11 $54.17 $112,670

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 0.91 3.67 $47.29 $98,360
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 150 1.04 4.21 $45.51 $94,650
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 90 0.39 1.59 $47.90 $99,630
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.29 1.17 $30.87 $64,210
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.51 2.04 (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 150 1.04 4.21 $45.51 $94,650
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 270 0.91 3.67 $47.29 $98,360
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 0.82 3.33 $42.13 $87,620
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.81 3.27 (8) (8)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.51 2.04 (8) (8)

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $52.54 $109,290
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 90 0.39 1.59 $47.90 $99,630
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 270 0.91 3.67 $47.29 $98,360
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.82 $47.22 $98,220
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $46.77 $97,290


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015