Analytical Chemist Salary

Median pay for Analytical Chemists in the United States is around $53K annually. Total cash earnings of Analytical Chemists range from $35K on the low end to $82K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $8K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Men make up a slight majority of Analytical Chemists (59 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Analytical Chemists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,179 - $84,375
(Median)
$38K
$53K
$84K
MEDIAN: $52,885
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$14.07 - $26.09
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,179 - $84,375  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,955  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $7,979  
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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$34,788 - $82,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,005
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $26.09  
   
Overtime
$19.06 - $40.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,955  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $7,979  
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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$34,788 - $82,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 353
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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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Analytical Chemists who move on to become Senior Chemists may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Chemists get paid an average of $75K per year. Typical career progression for an Analytical Chemist involves becoming a Laboratory Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager, roles that pay $11K more and $18K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Analytical Chemist


Covance, Inc offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $40K. The best-paid employees do manage to haul in approximately $62K, however.

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, Chromatography, Research Analysis, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Method Development and HPLC. Most people skilled in Troubleshooting are similarly competent in Technical Analysis. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Technical Analysis, and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Analytical Chemist

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


Analytical Chemists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. Analytical Chemists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $64K. Analytical Chemists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $65K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,514

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Analytical Chemists, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Analytical Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+30 percent), Minneapolis (+23 percent), St. Louis (+17 percent), and Pittsburgh (+16 percent). Greenville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Denver and Madison are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 19%

Chromatography
up arrow 13%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Technical Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$51,000

Data Analysis
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HPLC
up arrow 8%

Method Development
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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