Analytical Chemist Salary

For Analytical Chemists, annual average wages total $53K per year. Cash earnings for Analytical Chemists — including $6K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $35K to $82K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Male Analytical Chemists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. For the most part, Analytical Chemists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,179 - $84,375
(Median)
$38K
$53K
$84K
MEDIAN: $52,885
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$14.07 - $26.09
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,179 - $84,375  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,955  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $7,979  
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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$34,788 - $82,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,005
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $26.09  
   
Overtime
$19.06 - $40.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,955  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $7,979  
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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$34,788 - $82,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 353
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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

  • 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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Analytical Chemists who move on to become Senior Chemists may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Chemists get paid an average 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 $11K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist


Survey results show that Analytical Chemists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Chromatography, Research Analysis, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Method Development and HPLC. It is often found that people who know Troubleshooting are also skilled in Technical Analysis. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $65K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,514

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for Analytical Chemists, 43 percent higher than the national average. Analytical Chemists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+30 percent), Minneapolis (+23 percent), St. Louis (+17 percent), and Pittsburgh (+16 percent). Greenville is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Denver and 14 percent less in Madison, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 19%

Chromatography
up arrow 13%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Technical Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$51,000

Data Analysis
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HPLC
up arrow 8%

Method Development
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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