Median pay for Analytical Chemists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $55K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $9K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Analytical Chemists can bottom out near $35K or peak near $82K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Analytical Chemists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,175 - $86,918
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$39K
$55K
$87K
MEDIAN: $54,773
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$14.59 - $27.86
(Median)
$15
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,175 - $86,918  
   
Bonus
$250.83 - $9,081  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $8,000  
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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$35,208 - $82,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 728
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.59 - $27.86  
   
Overtime
$22.12 - $42.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$250.83 - $9,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $8,000  
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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$35,208 - $82,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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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 often transition into Senior Chemist positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Chemists earn $75K per year. Analytical Chemists typically move into roles as Laboratory Managers or Quality Assurance Managers, and those positions pay $10K more and $18K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Analytical Chemist


BASF Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $70K on average.

With a median salary of only $41K (72 percent less than the top paying company), Covance, Inc lags significantly in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Chromatography, Research Analysis, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HPLC. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $58K. On average, Analytical Chemists make $68K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,775

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

For Analytical Chemists, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Analytical Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like St. Louis (+21 percent), Salt Lake City (+20 percent), Baltimore (+19 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Analytical Chemists in Madison make 30 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers pay around 23 percent less in Atlanta and 20 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 16%

Chromatography
up arrow 8%


Technical Analysis
up arrow 4%

Method Development
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Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$52,000

Chemistry
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

HPLC
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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