Analytical Chemist Salary

Analytical Chemists in the United States take home an average $51K annually. Compensation ranges from $34K on the lower end to $79K per year on the higher end. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Analytical Chemists spread between $34K and $79K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Analytical Chemists. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,331 - $81,140
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$81K
MEDIAN: $51,342
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$13.89 - $25.70
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,331 - $81,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,764  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,807  
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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$34,226 - $79,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 955
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.89 - $25.70  
   
Overtime
$19.16 - $38.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,764  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,807  
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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$34,226 - $79,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
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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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It's not very common for Analytical Chemists to move on to become Senior Chemists. Average pay for a Senior Chemist is $75K annually.

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Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist


Analytical Chemists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Mass Spectrometry, Research Analysis, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Method Development and HPLC. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $62K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Analytical Chemists will find that Philadelphia offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Analytical Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+27 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), and St. Louis (+4 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers in Denver and Madison also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 20%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 2%

National Average
$50,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

HPLC
up arrow 7%

Method Development
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%
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