Chemical Engineering Salary
A chemical engineering salary can vary depending on your education level and where you work. You may have a four year engineering degree. In this case, you'll make a lower salary than someone with a masters degree in chemical engineering. Your salary will also go up as you gain experience.
Chemical engineering jobs pay very high entry level salaries. As of February, 2011, the median entry level salary in the USA is $64,332.00. This is only an entry level salary. You can make a salary of as much as $105,000.00 per year if you stick around long enough. The 25th and 75th percentiles for all chemical engineering salaries are $59,190.00 and $82,103.00 respectively. This means that chemical engineers who make $59,190.00 earn a higher salary than 25% of the others in the field. These numbers do not include bonuses.
Chemical engineering is a very broad field. You can work for a manufacturing company, an environmental consulting company , a pharmaceutical plant or even for an oil company. There may be different salaries for each type of environment. It is best to choose the environment that suits you best so that you enjoy your job rather than worrying about which ones pay a higher salary.
To earn a salary as a chemical engineer, you will need a four year degree specifically in chemical engineering. This will require you to take classes in chemical engineering, chemistry, math and other types of engineering. Therefore, make sure that you either love higher math or can at least do it and put up with it. Make sure that your chemical engineering department is approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology if you live in the USA. You will have to take a licensing test with them after you graduate. If they didn't approve your degree program in the first place, then you won't be eligible for the test. If you jump through all of these hurdles, then you enjoy a high entry level chemical engineer salary.