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2021 Highest Paid Chemical Engineering Graduates

11,423 Bachelor's Degrees
$62,713 Avg Salary
$22,589 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Chemical Engineering School for You

Highest Paid Chemical Engineering GraduatesChemical Engineering is the #44 most popular major in the country with 11,423 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Chem Eng Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Chemical Engineering Graduates ranking, we looked at 134 colleges that offer a bachelor's in chem eng.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

How Much Do Chemical Engineering Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduating, chemical engineering majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $62,713 per year. This means that graduates with bachelor's degrees in this field make 58% more than the average college graduate salary of $39,802.

Average Salary for Chem Eng Graduates from Schools Nationwide  62,713
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Chemical Engineering Grads in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid chemical engineering majors.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Chem Eng Graduates

#1

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, chem eng majors make an average salary of $80,100.

While working on their bachelor's, chem eng majors at Rice accumulate an average of around $12,103 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $97.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid chemical engineering school. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the city of College Station. Students who receive their bachelor's in chem eng from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $79,900.

The average amount in student loans that chem eng majors at Texas A&M take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,770. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $169.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Austin. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, chem eng majors make an average salary of $78,400.

The average amount in student loans that chem eng majors at UT Austin take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,999. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $199, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to United States Military Academy. Located in the fringe town of West Point, West Point is a public school with a small student population.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $78,200.

Chem Eng majors at MIT take out an average of $12,834 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $113.

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#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $77,500.

Chem Eng majors at Cornell take out an average of $13,378 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $141, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford.

The average amount in student loans that chem eng majors at Stanford take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,086.

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#6

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Bucknell University. Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Lewisburg. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $76,200.

On average, chem eng graduates from Bucknell take out $25,228 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Chem Eng majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $75,900.

While working on their bachelor's, chem eng majors at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology accumulate an average of around $25,132 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $75,700.

While working on their bachelor's, chem eng majors at Northwestern U accumulate an average of around $15,272 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $159, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California Institute of Technology. Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pasadena.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. Located in the midsize city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, chem eng majors make an average salary of $75,600.

The average amount in student loans that chem eng majors at Louisiana State University take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,815. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $234.

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#10

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

University of Arkansas comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. UARK is a fairly large public school located in the city of Fayetteville. Chem Eng majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $74,300.

The average amount in student loans that chem eng majors at UARK take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,616. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $172.

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Mississippi State is a very large public school located in the town of Mississippi State. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $74,200.

On average, chem eng graduates from Mississippi State take out $20,873 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $228.

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#12

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Our rankings recognize Wayne State University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Wayne State is a very large public school located in the city of Detroit. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, chem eng majors make an average salary of $73,400.

After completing their bachelor's degree, chem eng graduates from Wayne State carry an average student debtload of $25,058. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $246.

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#13

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $73,100.

On average, chem eng graduates from Carnegie Mellon take out $23,654 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Auburn University. Auburn is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Auburn. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $73,100.

The average amount in student loans that chem eng majors at Auburn take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,524. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $240.

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#15

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Pennsylvania. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Chem Eng majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $73,000.

On average, chem eng graduates from UPenn take out $16,581 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#16

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Princeton.

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Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $72,800.

On average, chem eng graduates from BYU take out $13,803 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $101, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Our rankings recognize Lehigh University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $72,800.

While working on their bachelor's, chem eng majors at Lehigh accumulate an average of around $22,611 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $262.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $72,700.

On average, chem eng graduates from UC Berkeley take out $13,765 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $127.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $72,500.

The average amount in student loans that chem eng majors at U of Michigan take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,448. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $197, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Clemson University earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Clemson, Clemson is a public school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chem eng from the school is $72,400.

The average amount in student loans that chem eng majors at Clemson take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,447. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $226, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Chemical Engineering Graduates

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Chem Eng students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Chemical Engineering Graduates award.

Rank College Location
26 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
27 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
21 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
22 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
23 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
23 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
24 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
25 University of Toledo Toledo, OH

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Chemical Engineering is one of 38 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 37,343
Electrical Engineering 17,946
Civil Engineering 14,832
Computer Engineering 10,704
Biomedical Engineering 7,921

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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