Analytical Chemist Salary

Median pay for Analytical Chemists in the United States is around $56K per year. Cash earnings for Analytical Chemists — including $9K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $83K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Work is enjoyable for Analytical Chemists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Analytical Chemists making up 55 percent of survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,626 - $87,343
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MEDIAN: $55,741
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$14.77 - $28.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,626 - $87,343  
   
Bonus
$249.17 - $9,030  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $7,933  
Total Pay (?
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$35,947 - $83,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 705
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Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $28.23  
   
Overtime
$23.18 - $42.32  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$249.17 - $9,030  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $7,933  
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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$35,947 - $83,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 249

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Job Description for Analytical Chemist

Analytical chemists are specialized scientists who work to determine the chemical makeup of a variety of substances, both organic and inorganic. They must not only determine what chemical compounds and molecules are contained in a piece of matter, but also the quantities of those chemicals relative to others to discover chemical impurities, analyze unknown samples, and maintain quality control for specific chemical substances and medicines.

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Analytical Chemist Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Analytical Chemist


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Analytical Chemists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Chemist, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $75K per year. Career advancement for the typical Analytical Chemist often leads to becoming a Laboratory Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Analytical Chemist


BASF Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $78K.

With a median salary of only $42K (just about half of the top paying company's median), Covance, Inc lags significantly in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist


Analytical Chemists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Method Development, Research Analysis, and Chemistry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HPLC, GMP Compliance, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. The majority of those who know Data Analysis also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Technical Analysis, and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Analytical Chemist

Pay by Experience for an Analytical Chemist has a positive trend. An entry-level Analytical Chemist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 605 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Analytical Chemist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 290 salaries. An experienced Analytical Chemist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 170 salaries. An Analytical Chemist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,828

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Home to some of the best pay for Analytical Chemists, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Analytical Chemists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+28 percent), St. Louis (+21 percent), Salt Lake City (+17 percent), and Baltimore (+17 percent). Analytical Chemists in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 24 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Madison (18 percent lower) and Wilmington (15 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Analytical Chemist

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries

▲38%

▲32%

▲12%

National Average
$53,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
▲14%

Method Development
▲7%


Chemistry
▲5%


Chromatography
▲3%


National Average
$53,000



GMP Compliance
▼4%

HPLC
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 13%