The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the average annual salary for chemical engineers was $104,340 as of 2013. Ten percent of chemical engineers made at or above $158,980 per year. The bottom 10 percent earned at or above $59,320 per year.
Among the largest employment settings, petroleum and coal products manufacturing paid the most, with an average annual salary of $116,990. Engineers in basic chemical manufacturing earned an average of $108,630. Virginia was the highest-paying state for chemical engineers, with an average annual salary of $130,020. Texas chemical engineers earned an average of $127,430. Alaska engineers averaged $124,990.