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Chemical Engineering Employment to Grow to 2032

The future looks bright for chemical engineers just entering the field and those with years of experience.

Kristen Kazarian

December 15, 2023

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Chemical Engineering Outlook 2024
The outlook includes a list of states with mean wages for each.Image courtesy of Robert Essel NYC / The Image Bank via Getty Images

The chemical engineering field is expected to grow 8% through 2023, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

About 1,300 openings for chemical engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Chemical engineers usually must hold a bachelor’s degree in chem engineering or a similar field. The job includes using chemistry, physics, and engineering to design equipment and processes for manufacturing products in various applications including oil and gas, food and beverage, paints and coatings, waste treatment, and more. Nearly every industry in the world today has a chemical process behind it in some way.

The most recent report from BLS says that there were 20,380 employed in the chemical engineering field in the nation with a mean annual wage of $117,820 in 2022.

Industries with Highest Employment

  • Chemical Manufacturing: 5,500 employed, $119,350 annual wage

  • Petroleum & Coal Products Manufacturing: 850 employed, $138,830 annual wage

  • Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil: 70 employed, $159,800 annual wage

  • Pharmaceutical / Medical Manufacturing: 1,170 employed, $99,350 annual wage

  • Scientific R&D Services: 2,550 employed, $120,990 annual wage

Top Paying Industries

  • Oil & Gas Extraction: 130 employed, $165,370 annual wage

  • Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil: 70 employed, 159,800 annual wage

  • Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods: 30 employed, 153,290 annual wage

  • Petroleum & Coal Products Manufacturing: 850 employed, $138,830 annual wage

  • Waste Treatment & Disposal: 70 employed, $136,550 annual wage

Chemical Engineer Employment & Wage by State

The top 5 states with the highest level of employment are: Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, and Michigan.

As far as pay, 5 states reached the top: Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Michigan. Here is the full list of states with mean wages:

Alabama: $108,770

Alaska: $108,770

Arizona: $124,800

Arkansas: $98,070

California: $117,900

Colorado: $110,310

Connecticut: $113,730

Delaware: $124,950

Florida: $109,130

Georgia: $114,640

Hawaii: no information

Idaho: no information

Illinois: $111,620

Iowa: $103,880

Indiana: $94,250

Kansas: $95,370

Kentucky: $99,910

Louisiana: $134,310

Maine: $103,370

Maryland: $130,180

Massachusetts: $113,190

Michigan: $112,200

Minnesota: $97,830

Mississippi: $111,840

Missouri: $98,230

Montana: $100,970

Nebraska: $96,700

New Hampshire: $91,850

New Jersey: $125,450

New Mexico: $148,010

Nevada: $106,540

New York: $113,900

North Carolina: $101,050

North Dakota: $115,930

Ohio: $102,160

Oklahoma: $131,020

Oregon: $93,240

Pennsylvania: $109,720

Puerto Rico: $87,090

Rhode Island: $99,470

South Carolina: $96,500

South Dakota: no information

Tennessee: $109,740

Texas: $148,150

Utah: $77,700

Vermont: no information

Virginia: $98,630

Washington: $119,810

West Virginia: $96,780

Wisconsin: $93,180

Wyoming: $124,120

Data for 2023 will be coming out in mid-2024 and will be published on Powder & Bulk Solids as well.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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