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How will your chemical engineering education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the chemical engineering education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 171 traditional chemical engineering schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had chemical engineering programs were:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California
  3. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York

Student Demographics

In the US, 7,655 students graduated from chemical engineering programs in 2010. Of these students, 13 graduated from certificate programs in chemical engineering, 5,770 graduated from undergraduate programs in chemical engineering, and 1,872 graduated from graduate-level programs in chemical engineering.


Students can pursue education in chemical engineering at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Doctoral Degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Certificate in Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying chemical engineering:

  • Data Analysis
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Physics


In 2010, chemical engineering schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $24,151 per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following chemical engineering schools:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920
  3. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584

The chemical engineering schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, students paid $5,233
  2. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $5,475
  3. Stony Brook University - located in Stony Brook, New York, students paid $6,488

How will your chemical engineering job compare?

The highest percentage of chemical engineering graduates pursue careers as chemical engineers. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 28,720 chemical engineers were working in the US. The following states have the largest number of chemical engineers:

  1. Texas - 5,030 Chemical Engineers
  2. California - 1,970 Chemical Engineers
  3. Ohio - 1,700 Chemical Engineers

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 31,000 chemical engineers will be working in the US. This would require the number of people working as a chemical engineer to shrink by -1%. The projected growth for chemical engineers is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 20%
  2. Montana - 15%
  3. Idaho - 14%


A chemical engineer in the US earns $86,682 per year on average. However, the salary for a chemical engineer can greatly vary based on factors such as your employer, education or work conditions. Approximately 10 percent of chemical engineers earn less than $19,720 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $163,660 per year. On average, a chemical engineer earns the most in the following states:

  1. Alaska - $127,040 per year
  2. Wisconsin - $118,430 per year
  3. Delaware - $116,840 per year

Chemical engineers in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Nebraska - $68,410 per year
  2. Florida - $73,800 per year
  3. Minnesota - $76,520 per year

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chemical engineering?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Engineers, All Other 139,610 $91,770 -8.7%
Chemists 80,180 $73,240 4.8%
Chemical Technicians 59,440 $44,200 -0.6%
Chemical Engineers 28,720 $94,590 4.2%
Petroleum Engineers 28,210 $127,970 89.8%
Nuclear Engineers 18,610 $101,500 30.2%