Associate Chemist Salary
Associate Chemists in the United States take home approximately $49K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men make up a slight majority of Associate Chemists (56 percent) who responded to the survey. The majority of Associate Chemists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$37,943 - $61,964|
|Bonus||$496.65 - $5,537|
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|$34,035 - $61,998|
|Hourly Rate||$15.26 - $25.53|
|Overtime||$18.55 - $37.81|
|Bonus||$496.65 - $5,537|
|Total Pay (||$34,035 - $61,998|
Job Description for Associate Chemist
Associate chemists work primarily in a laboratory setting for manufacturing companies and research laboratories to conduct experiments that are useful in product development, material analysis, and other research. They also assist in designing and setting up experiments and other means of analysis. This position is usually full-time, and these chemists work independently at some times and on teams at other times, so they should be able to excel independently as well as in a team environment.Read More...
Close attention to detail is important in this position to follow instructions precisely and conduct experiments, and associate chemists must also keep accurate and detailed records of procedures done, amounts and types of materials used, and other details of experiments. These records must be available for review by supervisors so they can ensure that work is done properly and in a timely manner, and these records may also help other chemists to perform the same experiments at a later time. These chemists must also have detailed knowledge of safety procedures and cleanliness practices to ensure safety and that instrumentation and containers are uncontaminated.
A bachelor's degree in chemistry and some prior experience in a laboratory environment are generally required for this position, and some positions necessitate specialized experience, such as for manufacturing companies which prefer applicants who have prior experience with the materials or products they manufacture. Some positions also require knowledge or experience in specific types or methods of experimentation.
Associate Chemist Tasks
- Perform and analyze chemical tests and procedure.
- Perform general lab maintenance and upkeep.
- Create data sheets and records.
- Follow, document, and replicate procedures.
- Take and prepare samples.
Common Career Paths for Associate Chemist
Though it's uncommon, some Associate Chemists move into roles as Senior Chemists, where pay is an average $75K per year. When Associate Chemists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Chemists or Research Chemists. Those roles pay an additional $1K and $11K, respectively.
Pay by Experience Level for Associate Chemist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $46K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $51K on average. On average, Associate Chemists make $50K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $65K.
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