AIChE Salary Survey Shows Slight Dip In Compensation

July 18, 2017
Biennial report also demonstrates gender and industry sector disparities.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) — in the June 2017 issue of its flagship magazine, Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) — published the results of the organization’s salary survey for 2017. Among its key findings:

  • The median annual salary of survey respondents working full time is $124,000 per year, 2.4% lower than 2015, although the survey was conducted by a new firm and the methodology used was slightly different.
  • A gender gap in salaries (with males earning more than females in most age categories) persists.
  • The top three highest-paying industries among survey respondents are petroleum production and refining; petrochemicals and petroleum products; and engineering, design, construction, and consulting.
  • The highest-salaried job function categories among survey respondents are corporate or general management; education with consulting; and engineering, procurement and construction. Sales, marketing and plant management are also among the best-compensated job functions.

The biennial survey presents a snapshot of the state of employment, workforce compensation and career prospects in the chemical process industries (CPI), particularly in the United States, according to AIChE. The survey’s data were drawn from the responses of more than 2,100 practicing chemical engineers across specializations and demographics.

You can see how AIChE’s results stack up against Chemical Processing’s own annual Salary and Job Satisfaction survey here.

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