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Analytical Chemist Salary

Analytical Chemists in the United States can expect wages of $51K annually on average. Earnings sit near $34K on the lower side but can approach $79K per year on the higher side. In the world of Analytical Chemists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $34K and $79K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$36,653 - $81,197
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$81K
MEDIAN: $51,183
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$13.83 - $25.50
(Median)
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,653 - $81,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,211  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,269  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,069 - $79,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 939
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.83 - $25.50  
   
Overtime
$19.01 - $38.54  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,211  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,269  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$34,069 - $79,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336

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Job Description for Analytical Chemist

  • Determine the composition and structure of matter.
  • Study samples, calibrate and standardize test results, interpret data and report results.
  • Use computer-controlled instruments in laboratories to take measurements.

Common Career Paths for Analytical Chemist


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Many Analytical Chemists move into a Senior Chemist role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $75K per year. Given that the median pay is $45K, it may be surprising to find that a Quality Control Chemist is the most common role for Analytical Chemists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Laboratory Manager role — which pays $61K — is also typical for Analytical Chemists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist


Analytical Chemists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Research Analysis, Troubleshooting, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include HPLC. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Technical Analysis and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Analytical Chemist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Analytical Chemists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $54K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Analytical Chemists make a median salary of $61K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Analytical Chemists, Philadelphia offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. Analytical Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+22 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (16 percent lower) and Cincinnati (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 19%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$50,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

HPLC
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 254 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%