2017 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview



The results of AIChE’s biennial salary survey are in and they provide a mixed outlook of the chemical engineering profession.

The median annual salary of survey respondents working full-time is $124,000, which is 2.4% lower than the median of $127,000 reported in 2015. In comparison, the previous salary survey reported a 5.8% increase in median salary between 2013 and 2015 (Figure 1).

The decrease in median salary was unexpected. A factor contributing to the decline may be that this year’s survey was conducted by a different research and analysis firm. In taking a fresh look at the data and methodology, they identified several procedural changes that could improve the accuracy and reliability of the report. We feel that this year’s data provide a better baseline for future comparisons.

Median salaries ranged from $70,450 for chemical engineers with fewer than three years of experience to $156,000 for those with more than 40 years in the workforce. Numerous other factors — including age, gender, education, job function, and industry — were also examined for their impact on chemical engineers’ paychecks.

You’ll notice that the look of this article differs from our previous salary survey articles. Here we provide a highly visual presentation of key data. AIChE members (and nonmember CEP subscribers) can access an expanded, more traditional version that provides additional data and discussion.

Median Salary by Year


Figure 1. The median salary for chemical engineers decreased slightly in 2017.


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