Analytical Chemist Salary

An average Analytical Chemist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $51K annually. Pay generally varies between $34K and $79K per year. In the world of Analytical Chemists, total cash compensation can vary between $34K and $79K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $8K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Analytical Chemists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,150 - $81,171
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$81K
MEDIAN: $51,314
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$13.87 - $25.74
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,150 - $81,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,597  
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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$34,198 - $79,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.87 - $25.74  
   
Overtime
$19.09 - $38.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,597  
   
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).
)
$34,198 - $79,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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.

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There are some Analytical Chemists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Chemists, where earnings are an average $75K annually.

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Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist


Survey results suggest that Analytical Chemists put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. 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 Technical Analysis, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Research Analysis. Most people who know Troubleshooting also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $44K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. 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 $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Analytical Chemists, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Analytical Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+27 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Denver and Madison earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 11 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 20%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

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 219 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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%
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