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Chemical Engineers in California

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8.0% Jobs Projection
$98,560 Median Salary
190 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Chemical Engineers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Chemical Engineers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Chemical Engineers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Chemical Engineers Work in California?

In 2018, there were 2,100 Chemical Engineers working in the state.

There were 2,310 Chemical Engineers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 210 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Chemical Engineers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 370 Chemical Engineers working in it, which means California has more Chemical Engineers than average.

Chemical Engineers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Chemical Engineers in this state are growing at a rate of 8.0% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.3%.

Job Projections for Chemical Engineers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 190 annual Chemical Engineers job openings in California, and 2,700 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 2,400 annual jobs and 35,100 total jobs in 2026.

What do Chemical Engineers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Chemical Engineers ranged from $58,480 to $157,820 with $98,560 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $28.12 to $75.88. The median hourly rate was $47.39.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $47.31 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.08.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Chemical Engineers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Chemical Engineers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Chemical Engineers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 670 $108,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 520 $92,490
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 230 $109,550
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 220 $62,720
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 130 $105,710
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 100 $76,580
Bakersfield, CA 70 $101,800

Top States for Chemical Engineers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Chemical Engineers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Texas 7,870 $128,490
California 2,100 $98,560
Louisiana 1,710 $102,530
Ohio 1,640 $93,990
New Jersey 1,430 $115,330
Pennsylvania 1,310 $91,890
Virginia 980 $112,110
Michigan 880 $96,500
Illinois 880 $91,680
North Carolina 860 $97,700
New York 860 $97,530
South Carolina 840 $81,610
Tennessee 710 $104,700
Massachusetts 710 $95,690
Maryland 690 $114,300
Colorado 690 $94,740
Washington 600 $100,450
Delaware 550 $117,080
Missouri 550 $101,950
Georgia 500 $90,760

Below are the states where Chemical Engineers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Texas $128,490
District of Columbia $126,050
Alaska $125,160
Delaware $117,080
New Jersey $115,330
Maryland $114,300
Virginia $112,110
Alabama $110,010
Idaho $106,780
Oklahoma $105,800


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