Chemical Engineers in California
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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.
The typical state has 370 Chemical Engineers working in it, which means California has more Chemical Engineers than average.
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%.
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.
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|
Top States for Chemical Engineers Employment
The table below shows the states where most Chemical Engineers work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
Below are the states where Chemical Engineers get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$126,050|
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
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