Benefits and salaries

Chemical engineering is a degree that is well respected in industry and commerce and will equip you with skills that are easily transferable and highly sought after.

For this reason job prospects are excellent and often involve the chance to reach senior managerial positions at a young age.

A career in chemical or biochemical engineering includes:

    • excellent job prospects
    • competitive starting salaries in the region of £28,500/y*
    • high earning potential throughout your career - salaries for Chartered Chemical Engineers rival those of doctors, lawyers and accountants
    • opportunities to travel
    • plenty of variety and exciting challenges 
    • the potential to help create a sustainable planet

The table below shows chemical engineering as the third highest-paid profession in the UK behind dentistry and medicine**:


Graduate salary  

 Dentistry         £30,348
 Medicine     £28,683
 Chemical engineering £28,641
 General engineering £27,493
 Economics     £26,630
 Mechanical engineering £26,366
 Veterinary medicine  £26,071
 Electrical & electronic engineering £25,191
 Physics and astronomy £24,976
 Aeronautical & manufacturing engineering    £24,969


*Source: Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Salary Survey 2016

**Source: published in The Times newspaper on 20 September 2015