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Analytical Chemist Salary (United States)

Analytical Chemists in the United States pull down an average of $51K per year. Earnings sit near $34K on the lower side but can approach $78K per year on the higher side. Final cash compensation to Analytical Chemists varies from around $34K to approximately $78K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $7K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male Analytical Chemists are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 57 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Analytical Chemists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Analytical Chemist Salary (?
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$36,459 - $80,296
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MEDIAN: $51,048
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Analytical Chemist Salary (?
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$13.76 - $24.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,459 - $80,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,008  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $7,078  
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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$34,095 - $78,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,024
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $24.85  
   
Overtime
$17.71 - $38.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $7,078  
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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$34,095 - $78,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 333
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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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For Analytical Chemists who go on to become Senior Chemists, career advancement usually has a positive, and rather large, impact on pay. A Senior Chemist earns $75K annually on average. The most common career progression for Analytical Chemists leads to becoming a Laboratory Manager, where average pay is $60K annually. However, many Analytical Chemists also opt to become Quality Control Chemists. Typically, a Quality Control Chemist brings home $44K.

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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, facility with Mass Spectrometry, Research Analysis, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 10 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Technical Analysis, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Analytical Chemist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Analytical Chemists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $44K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $53K. Analytical Chemists see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly a tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

Baltimore
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St. Louis
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National Average
$49,000
Atlanta
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Pittsburgh
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Indianapolis
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Raleigh
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Madison
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Los Angeles
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Cincinnati
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Denver
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For Analytical Chemists, above-average compensation can be found going east — in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Boston, in particular. In Denver, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Cincinnati and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent less).

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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Technical Analysis
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National Average
$49,000
Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 347 votes.

Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%