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Chemical Engineering in Pennsylvania

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Schools Offering Chemical Engineering Programs in Pennsylvania

Each year, roughly 0.2% of Pennsylvania students graduate with degrees in chemical engineering. That means an estimated 632 chemical engineers graduate from Pennsylvania's 11 chemical engineering schools each year.

Top Schools

University of Pennsylvania, which is located in Philadelphia, is the top-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a chemical engineering program. It received a ranking of 4th in the country in 2010. In 2010, University of Pennsylvania graduated 86 students from its chemical engineering program. Students at University of Pennsylvania paid $40,514 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a chemical engineering program is Carnegie Mellon University, which is located in Pittsburgh. In 2010, it was ranked 16th nationwide. 117 students graduated with degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. Tuition at Carnegie Mellon University was $42,136 per year.

The third-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a chemical engineering program is Lafayette College. Lafayette College, which was ranked 22nd in the country in 2010, is located in Easton. 21 students graduated with degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College in 2010. Lafayette College charged in-state students $39,815 in tuition fees per year.


Tuition at Pennsylvania's chemical engineering schools ranges from $42,342 per year to $14,936 per year. But, the average tuition is $33,019 per year. The Pennsylvania chemical engineering schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Bucknell University - located in Lewisburg, students are charged $42,342 per year
  2. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $42,136 per year
  3. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, students are charged $40,514 per year

The following Pennsylvania chemical engineering schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $14,936 per year
  2. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus - located in University Park, students are charged $15,250 per year
  3. Geneva College - located in Beaver Falls, students are charged $22,236 per year

A chemical engineering degree from a Pennsylvania school... what next?

Most people who graduate from chemical engineering school in Pennsylvania go on to work as a chemical engineer. 1,250 chemical engineers were working in Pennsylvania in 2010. In Pennsylvania, the largest numbers of chemical engineers work in the following counties:

  1. Allegheny County - 370 chemical engineers
  2. Bucks County - 330 chemical engineers
  3. Centre County - 40 chemical engineers

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of chemical engineers in the state of Pennsylvania will grow to 1,350. This would require a 4% growth in the profession.


On average, chemical engineers earn $91,260 per year. However, this number is only an average. chemical engineers in Pennsylvania had varying salaries from $58,430 to $141,860 per year in 2010. The counties in Pennsylvania with the highest average salary for a chemical engineer are:

  1. Berks County - $99,390 per year
  2. Warren County - $95,940 per year
  3. Bucks County - $92,090 per year

On average, chemical engineers earns the least in the following Pennsylvania counties:

  1. Allegheny County - $88,470 per year
  2. Bucks County - $92,090 per year
  3. Warren County - $95,940 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Pennsylvania statistics regarding a career in chemical engineering and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as physics or chemistry.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering in Pennsylvania
  • Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering in Pennsylvania
  • Doctoral Degree in Chemical Engineering in Pennsylvania

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Chemists 4,250 $68,940 18.4%
Chemical Technicians 3,070 $45,780 -16.3%
Engineers, All Other 2,490 $90,270 -29.7%
Nuclear Engineers 1,640 $100,350
Chemical Engineers 1,250 $91,260 76.1%
Petroleum Engineers 200 $129,510 33.3%

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