As of 2014, biochemical engineers in the United States earn an average salary of $94,310. Pay ranges from $49,140 to $144,000. Salaries are highest in the District of Columbia, Alaska, Maryland, Alabama and Virginia and lowest in Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota and Puerto Rico.
Biochemical engineers are responsible for researching, developing, documenting and producing new chemical products, including paints, oils, plastics, resins, papers, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics. The field requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree and biochemical engineers need continuing education on safety and recent scientific developments. Positions in research and development and with government health agencies may require a master's or doctoral degree. Most biochemical engineers work in manufacturing or in research facilities.