Research Chemists earn the highest median pay at $113K annually, followed by Laboratory Research Principal Investigators (about $102K), Demand Planners ($91K), and Mechanical Engineers ($85K). Chemical Laboratory Technicians are among the lowest paid at a median salary of approximately $52K.
Years of Experience
Average pay is around $88K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $65K annually. The largest fraction of E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont) people (29 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and earn $122K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $113K annually) can be spotted in Richmond, Va.; Buffalo, N.Y. ($107K), Charleston, W.Va. (about $102K), and Wilmington, Del. (around $92K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Memphis, Tenn. — at approximately $64K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Iowa, where they average to around $103K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Professional Engineers receive bigger paychecks (about $127K annually) than those without credentials. Acquiring certification to be a Professional Engineer License Holder is rewarded with median pay of $122K per year. At E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont), employees who hold a Doctorate (PhD), Chemistry receive the highest salaries at $126K.
In this position, it pays to have Product Development in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $114K annually. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; about a fourth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Other top skills include Chemical Process Engineering, Process Improvement, and Data Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 42 percent receiving paid vacation and a quarter of respondents receiving paid sick days. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont) provides an optional 401(k) plan, and most respondents participate. Perks cover health insurance for almost all respondents and dental coverage for almost all employees. Privileges also include life insurance, flexible hours, a subsidized cell phone, and relocation expenses.