Analytical Chemist Salary

Analytical Chemists in the United States can expect wages of $51K per year on average. Pay ranges from $34K on the low end to $79K per year on the high end. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Analytical Chemists can bottom out near $34K or peak near $79K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Analytical Chemists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,531 - $81,069

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$13.92 - $25.71

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,531 - $81,069  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,867  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,807  
Total Pay (?
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$34,226 - $79,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 958
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.92 - $25.71  
   
Overtime
$19.21 - $39.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,867  
   
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 - $79,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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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.

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Analytical Chemists sometimes assume positions such as Senior Chemists. That role pays $75K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist


Analytical Chemists seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Method Development and HPLC. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know 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.


For Analytical Chemists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $54K. Analytical Chemists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $61K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Analytical Chemists, 27 percent above the national average. Analytical Chemists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), St. Louis (+5 percent), and Chicago (+2 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Greenville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (17 percent less) and Denver (15 percent less).

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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 3%

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 210 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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