How likely is that chemical engineers are paid higher than doctors?

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My maths teacher - who has a son working as a chemical engineer- told me chemical engineers can get paid more than doctors. Of course i told him how is that even possible, and he replied with it depends on where you work, for what company, in which industry (e.g. oil), etc.
How likely is that?
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It is possible. I'm sure that there are a handful of chemical engineers (especially those who own their own companies) that earn millions, loads more than a doctor would. However, comparing the average chemical engineer & the average doctor - the latter is likely to earn more. It's just that in every profession, there are bound to be "winners" & those who earn crazy amounts.. But if you're comparing the average salary of a doctor to the average salary of a chemical engineer, obvi the doctor earns more. So I guess yes, it is likely but the chances of becoming that successful of a chemical engineer (hence earning that much) are slim due to immense competition & few positions.
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On average, medicine graduates earn a fair bit more. That is pretty well established - google for the average numbers.

But sure I absolutely believe that there are industry jobs out there that pay more.

Also bear in mind that as medicine is so much longer, the comparison of pay should work a little differently if you want to be rigorous. Comparing 1st year after graduation wages straight would make very little sense for example - as by the time the doctor graduates the chemical engineer may have been in work for 2-3 years.
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(Original post by confuzzledteen)
It is possible. I'm sure that there are a handful of chemical engineers (especially those who own their own companies) that earn millions, loads more than a doctor would. However, comparing the average chemical engineer & the average doctor - the latter is likely to earn more. It's just that in every profession, there are bound to be "winners" & those who earn crazy amounts.. But if you're comparing the average salary of a doctor to the average salary of a chemical engineer, obvi the doctor earns more. So I guess yes, it is likely but the chances of becoming that successful of a chemical engineer (hence earning that much) are slim due to immense competition & few positions.
Cheers!
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On average, medicine graduates earn a fair bit more. That is pretty well established - google for the average numbers.

But sure I absolutely believe that there are industry jobs out there that pay more.

Also bear in mind that as medicine is so much longer, the comparison of pay should work a little differently if you want to be rigorous. Comparing 1st year after graduation wages straight would make very little sense for example - as by the time the doctor graduates the chemical engineer may have been in work for 2-3 years.
One question, what do you do to become that chemical engineer that earns more than a doctor would?
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One question, what do you do to become that chemical engineer that earns more than a doctor would?
Get high up in a big firm and sell cocaine on the side.
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Get high up in a big firm and sell cocaine on the side.
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One question, what do you do to become that chemical engineer that earns more than a doctor would?
Get chartered for a start https://www.icheme.org/media/8667/lc...8-v5-final.pdf

I would hope that wealth wouldn't be the primary motivation for either medicine or engineering but many of the richest people in the world started out by studying engineering https://interestingengineering.com/2...ngineers-world
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Get chartered for a start https://www.icheme.org/media/8667/lc...8-v5-final.pdf

I would hope that wealth wouldn't be the primary motivation for either medicine or engineering but many of the richest people in the world started out by studying engineering https://interestingengineering.com/2...ngineers-worldT
Thank you so much! And it's my 5th motivation
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