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Analytical Chemist Salary

The three top-paying cities for Analytical ChemistsPhiladelphia — Baltimore, and Boston) — are all on the East Coast of the United States. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $34K and $79K per year. Final cash compensation to Analytical Chemists varies from around $34K to approximately $79K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $7K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Analytical Chemists (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Analytical Chemists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,653 - $81,177
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$37K
$51K
$81K
MEDIAN: $51,033
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$13.68 - $25.12
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$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,653 - $81,177  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,739  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,145  
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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$34,199 - $78,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 967
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $25.12  
   
Overtime
$17.80 - $38.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,739  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,145  
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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$34,199 - $78,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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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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Analytical Chemists might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like Senior Chemist. Median pay for a Senior Chemist is $75K per year. The most common promotion for Analytical Chemists is Laboratory Manager, a position that typically pays $61K annually. Another standard transition for Analytical Chemists seeking advancement is to assume a Quality Control Chemist role, where pay is often $44K.

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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 34 percent, 9 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. People who know Troubleshooting usually also know Research Analysis. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Technical Analysis, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $44K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Analytical Chemists make a median salary of $60K. Analytical Chemists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Analytical Chemists, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east — Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Boston — all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Analytical Chemists in the country. Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Workers in Los Angeles and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 15 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 34%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Technical Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 295 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 14%