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How Much Does a Chemical Engineer Make?

Chemical Engineering Salary Profile

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Chemical engineers start out with good salaries.

Chemical engineers start out with good salaries.

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Chemical engineering is one of the highest paying degrees for entry level jobs, with even higher payscales for experienced chemical engineers. Here's a look at typical salary ranges for chemical engineers.

Chemical Engineer Salary Survey Based on Experience

Chemical engineers can earn good salaries straight out of school, but years of experience or higher education can double the salary rate.

Chemical Engineer < 1 Year Experience: $51,710 - $66,286

Chemical Engineer with 1-4 Years Experience: $56,206 - $70,414

Chemical Engineer with 5-9 Years Experience: $64,618 - $84,199

Chemical Engineer with 10-19 Years Experience: $74,546 - $101,299

Chemical Engineer with More than 20 Years Experience: $83,304 - $126,418

Salary survey based on experience is from PayScale.com.

According to the US Department of Labor (2008), the median salary for chemical engineering was $78,860. The middle 50% of chemical engineers had salaries between $67,420 and $105,000.

The UK's Institution of Chemical Engineers (2006) reported the average starting salary for chemical engineering graduates was £24,000, with an average salary for all chemical engineers of about £53,000.

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