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Chemical Engineers Pay Salary

The median annual wage of chemical engineers was $90,300 in May 2010. 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 $56,520, and the top 10 percent earned more than $139,670.

Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of chemical engineers in May 2010 were as follows:

Scientific research and development services$94,640
Basic chemical manufacturing92,590
Architectural, engineering, and related services91,010
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing90,490
Resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers
and filaments manufacturing

Nearly all chemical engineers work full time.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition