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Engineering: Chemical Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - December 20, 2019

Chemical engineering MS degrees

How much do chemical engineers earn in the US?

In 2018, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put the median pay (across degrees) at $104,910 per year, with a mean annual salary of $114,470.

The industries with the highest salaries, according to the BLS, are:

  • Management of Companies and Enterprises: $151,740
  • Oil and Gas Extraction: $150,550
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing: $120,860
  • Scientific Research and Development Services: $119,190
  • Chemical Manufacturing: $118,710

Where do chemical engineers work in the US?

In case you’re wondering as you browse the employers that recruit MS and ME chemical engineers on university campuses, the states employing the highest numbers of chemical engineers are:

  • Texas
  • California
  • Louisiana 
  • Ohio
  • New Jersey

You may want to consider pursuing your education in these or neighbouring states. But, remember that recruiters are looking for top talent across the country.

Top chemical engineering masters programmes in the US

It's worth noting that there are several highly ranked graduate chemical engineering departments that offer PhD degrees without offering a separate MS chemical engineering degrees. The programmes listed here refer specifically to master's level degrees.

When you're ready to learn more about the top MS and Meng chemical engineering programmes in the US, check our list. Take a look at their rankings, degrees, estimated cost of attendance and the companies recruiting on their campuses. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering

Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts | Northeast

University of California Berkeley - School of Engineering

Berkeley (San Francisco), California | West

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering

Atlanta, Georgia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Delaware - College of Engineering

Newark, Delaware| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 8
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,792
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering in Particle Technology

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - College of Engineering

Ann Arbor, Michigan | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $72,724
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Engineering in Chemical Engineering 

Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering

Evanston (Chicago), Illinois| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 20
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $83,098
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Biotechnology

Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 4
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
    • Master of Chemical Engineering (MChE)
    • Master of Science in Colloids, Polymers, and Surfaces (CPS)
    • Dual degree program: MChE & MS in Technology Ventures
    • Master of Chemical Engineering and Integrated Study in Computer Science
  • Offers spring admissions.

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSChE)
    • Dual degree: MSChE + MBA
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Colorado ​Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Boulder, Colorado | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $57,346
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Cornell University - College of Engineering

Ithaca, New York| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 14
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,876
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering 
    • Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering 

University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $80,206
  • Degrees available
    • M.S.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering

Baltimore, Maryland | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 20
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,642
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of California Los Angeles - Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Los Angeles, California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 16
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Take a look at UCLA Career Center partners.

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina| South

Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

New York, New York | Northeast

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 15
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $40,672
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Texas A&M graduates.

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

University Park, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering

Houston, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $67,714
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.Che.) 

    • Master of Chemical Engineering (M.Che.)

    • M.B.A./M.Che.

University of Washington - College of Engineering

Seattle, Washington | West

University of Notre Dame - College of Engineering

Notre Dame, Indiana | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $76,280
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio | Midwest

University of California ​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,082
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSCHE)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering

Troy, New York | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,306
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering (MSCBE)
    • Master of Engineering in Chemical and Biological Engineering (MEngCBE)
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Rensselaer graduates.

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia | South

Iowa State University - College of Engineering

Ames, Iowa | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 32
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,902
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSCHE)
    • Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (MECHE)

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Gainesville, Florida | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 32
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering

University of Pittsburgh - Swanson School of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 32
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $65,136
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering

Los Angeles, California | West

University of Maryland ​College Park - A. James Clark School of Engineering

College Park (Washington DC), Maryland | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 22
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 36
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,132
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Maryland graduates.

Vanderbilt University - School of Engineering

Nashville, Tennessee | South

Case Western Reserve University - Case School of Engineering

Cleveland, Ohio | Midwest

University of California ​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Irvine (Los Angeles), California | West

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Tempe, Arizona | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 44
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 50
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,555
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting ASU graduates.

Brown University - School of Engineering

Providence, Rhode Island| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 50
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,328
  • Degrees available
    • Chemical and Environmental Engineering

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Post updated for accuracy and freshness on December 20, 2019. Originally published on October 3, 2017.


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