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Analytical Chemist Salary

Analytical Chemists in the United States pull down an average of $51K annually. Pay ranges from $34K on the low end to $80K per year on the high end. In the world of Analytical Chemists, overall income ranges from $34K near the bottom to $80K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Analytical Chemists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,172 - $81,870
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,413
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$13.89 - $25.64
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$37,172 - $81,870  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,708  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $7,757  
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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$34,442 - $79,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 950
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.89 - $25.64  
   
Overtime
$19.04 - $38.83  
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 - $5,708  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $7,757  
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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$34,442 - $79,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332

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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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Advancing into a Senior Chemist role seems to be a popular career move for Analytical Chemists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $75K per year. Going from Analytical Chemist to Quality Control Chemist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Quality Control Chemists is $44K. Many others choose to work as Laboratory Managers, where pay is typically $61K.

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Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist


Survey results suggest that Analytical Chemists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HPLC. The majority of those who know Data Analysis also know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $54K. Analytical Chemists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $61K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Analytical Chemists, Philadelphia offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Analytical Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+24 percent), Boston (+23 percent), Minneapolis (+22 percent), and St. Louis (+4 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Workers in Denver and Cincinnati earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
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Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 2%

Method Development
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$50,000

Data Analysis
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HPLC
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 247 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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%
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