Chemical engineers

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2019 Workforce
75.7k
Average Age
41.2
Estimated Job Growth
4.29%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$113,062
Average Male Salary
$114,749
Average Female Salary
$106,018

About

Chemical engineers are most often employed by the Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals industry. The average yearly wage for Chemical engineers was $113,062 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Chemical engineers by wage are Computer hardware engineers, Other financial specialists, and Computer and information research scientists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Chemical engineers are South of I-10 & Inside Loop I-610 PUMA, TX, Bay & Midland Counties PUMA, MI, and Hancock & Putnam Counties PUMA, OH. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Chemical engineers are South of I-10 & Inside Loop I-610 PUMA, TX, Hancock & Putnam Counties PUMA, OH, and Wood, Pleasants & Wirt Counties PUMA, WV.

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 National security & international affairs. Chemical engineers are paid most in Bay & Midland Counties PUMA, MI but are relatively concentrated in South of I-10 & Inside Loop I-610 PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$113,062
AVERAGE SALARY
± $6,334

In 2019, Chemical engineers earned an average of $113,062, $57,538 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Computer hardware engineers make somewhat more than Chemical engineers while Other financial specialists 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

0.289
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Chemical engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.289, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Industries by Share

75.7k
2019 Workforce
± 6,754
18.8%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 11.1%

The number of people employed as Chemical engineers has been growing at a rate of 18.8%, from 63,749 people in 2018 to 75,711 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Chemical engineers employed by various industries. Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals employs the largest share of Chemical engineers at  35.8%, followed by Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing with 17.6% and Petroleum refining with 14.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Chemical engineers in the US. The average age of male Chemical engineers in the workforce is 42.4 and of female Chemical engineers is 36, and the most common race/ethnicity for Chemical engineers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

61.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,066
14.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,970

80.7% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

70.7% of Chemical engineers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.7% of Chemical engineers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) 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

42.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.35
36
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.15

The median age of Chemical engineers is 41.2, and Male employees are generally 6.41 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

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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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Projections

Projections on job growth for Chemical Engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Chemical Engineers are expected to see a growth of 4.29% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

4.29%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Chemical Engineers. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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