Chemical engineers

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Total Workforce

59k

Average Age

40.4

Estimated Job Growth

7.34%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$106,799

Average Male Salary

$110,699

Average Female Salary

$91,540

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Chemical engineers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals is the industry that employs the most Chemical engineers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Chemical engineers, by average wage, is Scientific research & development services. Chemical engineers are paid most in South of I-10 & Inside Loop I-610 PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in League City & Friendswood City PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$106,799

AVERAGE SALARY

± $6,757

In 2017, Chemical engineers earned an average of $106,799, $54,734 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Natural sciences managers make somewhat more than Chemical engineers while Financial managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Chemical engineers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.286

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Chemical engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.286, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Chemical engineers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Chemical engineers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Chemical engineers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Chemical engineers, by number of employees, are Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals, Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing, and Petroleum refining.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Chemical engineers, by average wage, are Scientific research & development services, Petroleum refining, and Miscellaneous petroleum & coal products.

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Industries by Share

59k

2017 Workforce

± 5,963

-134%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 15.9%

The number of people employed as Chemical engineers has been declining at a rate of -134%, from 68,146 people in 2016 to 59,021 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Chemical engineers employed by various industries. Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals employs the largest share of Chemical engineers at  32%, followed by Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing with 24% and Petroleum refining with 9.79%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Chemical engineers in the US. The average age of male Chemical engineers in the workforce is 41.6 and of female Chemical engineers is 35.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Chemical engineers is White.

Gender Composition

47k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,322

12k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 2,691

79.6% of Chemical engineers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Chemical engineers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Chemical engineers

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

75.6% of Chemical engineers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.4% of Chemical engineers, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Chemical engineers.

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Age by Gender

41.6

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.44

35.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 2.43

The median age of Chemical engineers is 40.4, and Male employees are generally 6.28 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Chemical engineers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Chemical engineers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Chemical engineers hold a major in Engineering.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Chemical engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chemical engineers need many skills, but most especially Science, Critical Thinking, and Complex Problem Solving. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Chemical engineers need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Operations Analysis.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Chemical engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Chemical engineers are expected to see a growth of 7.34% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

7.34%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Chemical engineers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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