How much does a Chemical Engineer make in the United States?

554 salaries reported, updated at July 20, 2021
$80,897
per year

The average salary for a chemical engineer is $80,897 per year in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Free flu shots
  • Caregiver leave
  • Stock options
  • Sabbatical
  • Flexible spending account
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for chemical engineers

Most recommended license

Professional Engineer

The jobs requiring this license have decrease by 19.71% since 2018. Chemical Engineers with this license earn +20.31% more than the average base salary, which is $80,897 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
2012329increase by 329
2013778increase by 136.47%
2014882increase by 13.37%
2015387decrease by 56.12%
2016207decrease by 46.51%
2017107decrease by 48.31%
2018137increase by 28.04%
2019110decrease by 19.71%

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Most common benefits for Chemical Engineers

  • Free flu shots
  • Caregiver leave
  • Stock options
  • Sabbatical
  • Flexible spending account
  • Adoption assistance
  • Disability insurance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Health insurance
  • Commuter assistance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
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58% of Chemical engineers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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