Analytical Chemist Salary (United States)

Analytical Chemists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $49,498 annually. Compensation generally starts at $34,095 and does not exceed $78,281 per year. Overall cash income ranges from $36,459 near the bottom to $80,296) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $6,008 from bonuses and $7,078 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Analytical Chemists (57 percent). For the most part, Analytical Chemists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Analytical Chemist Salary (?
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$36,459 - $80,296
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MEDIAN: $51,048
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Analytical Chemist Salary (?
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$13.76 - $24.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,459 - $80,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,008  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $7,078  
Total Pay (?
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$34,095 - $78,281  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,024
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $24.85  
   
Overtime
$17.71 - $38.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $7,078  
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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$34,095 - $78,281  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Analytical Chemist

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Analytical Chemists usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Sr. Chemist may bring in a lot more money—an additional $25K annually. With an annual $10,858 increase in salary, a Laboratory Manager is the most common role for Analytical Chemists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Quality Control (QC) Chemist role—which actually slashes pay by $5,243—is also typical for Analytical Chemists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist

Analytical Chemists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Mass Spectrometry, Research Analysis, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 10 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Data Analysis also 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. New salaries start at $44K and reach $53K in five to 10 years. Earnings total $61K after one to two decades. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Analytical Chemists earning an average of $61K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$49,000
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Eastern cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Boston are lucrative areas for Analytical Chemists, where pay is higher than the national average. Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Employers pay around -17 percent in Cincinnati and -17 percent in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
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Technical Analysis
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National Average
$49,000
Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 347 votes.

Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%
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