Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Chemical Engineer Salary

The salary for a chemical engineer varies depending on which field you choose in this vast industry of chemical engineering.
Engineering is a big field with lots of mathematics, calculations, machines, chemicals etc. One has to put a lot of hard work and mental patience for it. Though the field is tough, the pay scales are attractive. In the vast field of engineering, chemical engineering is an ethical profession. The chemical industry has to convert basic raw materials into a variety of products, deal with designs and operation of plants and equipment to perform such a work. Thus, the salary of a chemical engineer pays for the hard work these engineers put in.
Before considering the salary structure of a chemical engineer, let us peep into the job responsibilities first and then we shall move on to your favorite, salary scales. Usually, a chemical engineer is the person who applies the skills of engineering in practical applications with respect to designing, manufacturing and operation of plant and machinery in industrial procedures.      
But nowadays we see chemical engineers are more prone to new technologies coming up in this field like fuel cells, hydrogen power and nanotechnology and working in fields like polymer engineering and biomedical engineering. Numerous historical or renowned personalities can be found in the list of chemical engineers. This field is now coming up with a lot of career opportunities, and has been in demand due to its salary scales and job style. In the engineering sector, a salary for chemical engineer is considered one of the most descent and highest of all.
Now coming to the main point of salary, an average chemical engineer salary ranges around $87,000 to $1 22,345. Some companies might offer some low packages at first, around $63,000 to $88,000. For R & D department (research and development), the range differs somewhat around $63,000 to $98,000. This profession is spreading its branches all over the world, steadily making it an important profession. Though the chemical engineering industry is huge and thus, there are a lot of job opportunities in the following sector, especially:       
·         Fertilizer technology
·         Petroleum refining
·         Recycling metals
·         Glass and plastics industry
·         Paints and dyes
·         Processing of food and agricultural products
·         Cosmetics industry
·         Prevention and control of environmental hazards
·         Mineral based industry

The initial salary for entry level engineers may not be high but gradually as the experience starts getting built, you will definitely get paid well. A general outlook is given regarding the different salary ranges for different people in chemical engineering sector:

·        Chemical Manufacturing - $68,000 to $85,000
·        Engineering Consultant – $65,000 to $80,000
·        Oil and Gas Industry - $70,000 to $88,000
·        Pharmaceuticals - $70,000 to $88,000
·        Petroleum Refining - $76,000 to $95,000
·        Government/ federal Agencies - $50,000 to $100,000
It will be very typical to say that the salary depends on your work experience and qualifications etc. But it is also true that the salary range of the chemical engineer depends on what kind of job you will get, and the type of company. Choose the industry that you are best interested in, and get started now.

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