Analytical Chemist Salary

Earnings for Analytical Chemists in the United States come in at around $55K per year on average. The range in cash compensation to Analytical Chemists ($36K to $82K) includes potential earnings of $8K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Men working as Analytical Chemists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,336 - $86,832
$39K
$55K
$87K
MEDIAN: $55,294
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$14.93 - $28.02
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$28
MEDIAN: $19.54
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$0$86K
Salary $39,336 - $86,832
Bonus $244.68 - $8,492
Profit Sharing $198.66 - $8,243
Total Pay (?
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$36,097 - $82,079
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 707
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $14.93 - $28.02
Overtime $22.63 - $42.36
Annual Data $0$82K
Bonus $244.68 - $8,492
Profit Sharing $198.66 - $8,243
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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$36,097 - $82,079
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 244

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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

  • Use computer-controlled instruments in laboratories to take measurements.
  • Study samples, calibrate and standardize test results, interpret data and report results.
  • Determine the composition and structure of matter.

Common Career Paths for Analytical Chemist


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Analytical Chemists often transition into Senior Chemist positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Chemists earn $75K per year. Typical career progression for an Analytical Chemist involves becoming a Laboratory Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager, roles that pay $9K more and $17K more on average.

Analytical Chemist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Analytical Chemist


BASF Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $78K on average.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Covance, Inc, where the median salary is a mere $42K, just about half of the top paying company's median.

Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist


Analytical Chemists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Method Development, Research Analysis, and Chemistry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HPLC, GMP Compliance, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Technical Analysis, and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Analytical Chemist

Pay by Experience for an Analytical Chemist has a positive trend. An entry-level Analytical Chemist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 605 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Analytical Chemist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 290 salaries. An experienced Analytical Chemist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 170 salaries. An Analytical Chemist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,820

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

For Analytical Chemists, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Analytical Chemists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+28 percent), St. Louis (+21 percent), Salt Lake City (+17 percent), and Baltimore (+17 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Analytical Chemists earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Madison (18 percent lower) and Wilmington (15 percent lower).

Analytical Chemist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Analytical Chemist?

Analytical Chemist in Greenville:
"Mayne Pharma ACI."
Pros: Rewarding work and competent coworkers. Ability to be informal with supervisors and coworkers.
Cons: The pay is awful. No overtime pay. Lots of required overtime. Stressful work. Unrealistic standards.

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Key Stats for Analytical Chemist

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 133 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries

▲38%

▲32%

▲12%

National Average
$53,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
▲14%

Method Development
▲7%


Chemistry
▲5%


Chromatography
▲3%


National Average
$53,000



GMP Compliance
▼4%

HPLC
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 11%
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