Analytical Chemist Salary (United States)

Analytical Chemists in the United States typically take home $49,498 per year. The top of the range reaches $78,281 per year, and the bottom approaches $34,095. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The greater part enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 57 percent. Work is enjoyable for Analytical Chemists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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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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Oftentimes, Analytical Chemists' salaries rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Sr. Chemist usually get paid an extra $25K per year. The most common career progression for Analytical Chemists leads to becoming a Laboratory Manager, resulting in an extra $10,858 annually. However, many Analytical Chemists also opt to become a Quality Control (QC) Chemist, a move that typically leads to a pay cut of $5,243.

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Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist

Analytical Chemists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of Technical Analysis, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Analytical Chemist

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For Analytical Chemists, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting out, salaries are typically $44K, which grows to $53K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $61K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Analytical Chemists encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $61K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Baltimore
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National Average
$49,000
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Indianapolis
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Raleigh
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Los Angeles
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Analytical Chemists in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Boston—eastern regions—enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Cincinnati (-17 percent) and Los Angeles (-17 percent).

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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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$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%