A Chemist earns an average salary of $49,349 per year.Pay goes up steadily as a this job becomes more experienced. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Chemist Total Pay (?
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$35,250 - $76,063
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49K
61K
76K
MEDIAN: $49,349
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Chemist Total Pay (?
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$13.92 - $25.65
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26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,250 - $76,063  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,107  
Profit Sharing
$490.16 - $7,063  
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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$33,339 - $74,919  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,223
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.92 - $25.65  
   
Overtime
$20.81 - $37.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,107  
   
Profit Sharing
$490.16 - $7,063  
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).
)
$33,339 - $74,919  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,223
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Job Description for Chemist
Chemists most often work in a lab setting of some sort. They maintain, troubleshoot, and use various instruments, equipment, and software tools utilized for chemical analysis and processing. Analytical techniques used by chemists include high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), and titration techniques. Strong data interpretation and analytical skills are required to be a chemist, as often times chemists are responsible for interpreting and analyzing data and equipment logs from other laboratory members. He or she needs to accurately report and track ingredient yields, quality measures, and occasionally microbiological results in addition to other key data sets. When necessary, the chemist must show an aptitude for experimental design. Additionally, chemists collect and document quality assurance test data, including testing formulations, substrates, and reagents. Chemists also must be very attentive to detail, especially since certain analytical tasks may be completely ruined with the slightest error.
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Chemist Tasks
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and use instruments, equipment and software tools.
  • Interpret and analyze data and equipment logs from other laboratory members.
  • Collect and document quality assurance test data, including testing formulations, substrates and reagents.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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Experience Affects Chemist Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Skills That Affect Chemist Salaries

Technical Analysis
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$48,000
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Gender
Female
39%
female alumni
 
Male
61%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%
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