Average Associate Chemists in the United States make around $49K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Associate Chemists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Associate Chemists making up 55 percent of survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$37,143 - $62,609
$37K
$49K
$63K
MEDIAN: $49,318
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50%
90%

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$15.24 - $25.75
$15
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$37,143 - $62,609  
   
Bonus
$550 - $5,241  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$33,994 - $62,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.24 - $25.75  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$550 - $5,241  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$33,994 - $62,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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.

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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


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Associate Chemists do not often transition into Senior Chemist roles. The role averages $75K per year. However, becoming a Chemist or Research Chemist is a more frequent transition for Associate Chemists.

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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. Associate Chemists bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Associate Chemists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $65K.

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Key Stats for Associate Chemist

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Associate Chemist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Associate Chemist Salaries

GMP Compliance
up arrow 21%

Research Analysis
up arrow 10%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

National Average
$47,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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