2019 AIChE Salary Survey Reveals Positive Advances for ChEs

The results of AIChE's 2019 salary survey are in, revealing positive advances for the chemical engineering profession. The median annual salary of respondents to the 2019 survey is $126,000, a 1.6% increase over the 2017 median of $124,000. In comparison, the previous survey reported a 2.4% decrease in median salary between 2015 and 2017.

The median starting salary for chemical engineers beginning their careers is $68,000. Median salaries range from $71,000 for respondents with less than three years of experience to $160,000 for respondents with 26-30 years of experience.

Age and Gender

In general, as age increases, so does median salary. The median salary of chemical engineers under the age of 26 is $72,000, while chemical engineers aged 61-65 earn more than double that, with a median salary of $152,000. In most age groups, men earn more than women. The largest discrepancy of percentage is found in the 41-45 age group; however, continuing a trend reported in 2017, women who are aged 26-30 years earn more than men, with a median salary of $91,000 vs. $85,000.

Women are 2.5 times more likely to take time off overall, and 7% percent of female respondents did so to spend more time at home with their children, compared to 0.7% of men.

More statistics in the survey

Members can read a comprehensive summary of findings in the June 2019 issue of CEP Magazine, whether in print or in CEP online. The full survey results include the following, and more:

  • Number and age of of survey participants
  • Gender distribution of the survey participants
  • Number and percentage of respondents who took time off to raise children, further education, medical or health reasons
  • Median salaries of respondents by highest degree obtained
  • Median salaries of respondents by gender and work experience
  • Median salaries of respondents by supervisory responsibilities
  • Median salaries of respondents by industry categories
  • Median salaries of respondents by job function
  • Median salaries of respondents by geographical location
  • Future prospects of chemical engineers