Chemist Salary

Chemists in the United States pull down an average of $52K annually. Compensation ranges from $35K on the lower end to $83K per year on the higher end. Overall cash earnings for Chemists stretch from $35K on the lower end to $83K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by tenure and geographic location. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. More than half of Chemists (62 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$37,313 - $83,619
(Median)
$37K
$52K
$84K
MEDIAN: $52,365
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$14.47 - $27.47
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,313 - $83,619  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,991  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $7,397  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$34,946 - $82,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,602
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $27.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.94 - $41.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,991  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $7,397  
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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$34,946 - $82,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 833
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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.

Common Career Paths for Chemist


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Though hard to find, Chemists sometimes become Senior Chemists. The role averages $75K per year. A more common career path for Chemists is stepping into the role of Analytical Chemist or Research Chemist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chemist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Chemists include PPG Industries, Inc., Sigma Aldrich Corp, Valspar Corporation, Ecolab, Inc., and Intertek. Chemists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at BASF Corporation, where the average salary comes to $76K. Chemists will also find cushy salaries at Valspar Corporation (+$73K), Sherwin Williams Co. (+$57K), and PPG Industries, Inc. (+$54K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Eurofins at $41K, and Intertek where $42K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Chemists there earn up to $69K.

Popular Skills for Chemist


Survey results imply that Chemists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting, Chemistry, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 24 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include GMP Compliance, Chemist, and Instrument Control. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to know Research Analysis and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Chemists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $56K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $74K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,733

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

With a pay rate for Chemists that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Indianapolis (+13 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Cleveland (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Employers also pay below the national average in Seattle (12 percent lower) and Milwaukee (11 percent lower).

Chemist Reviews

What is it like working as a Chemist?

Chemist in York:
Pros: It gave me a sense of independence and allowed me to come up with my own ideas towards improving our product.
Cons: Sometimes there is a lull in the amount of work we have to accomplish, and there was little experience with understanding how the product was made for some time.

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Experience Affects Chemist Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Chemist Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 30%

Chemistry
up arrow 24%

Technical Writing
up arrow 20%

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 12%

Formulation
up arrow 12%


Process Improvement
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 2%

National Average
$51,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%

HPLC
up arrow 8%

Instrument Control
up arrow 10%

Chemist
up arrow 13%

GMP Compliance
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 480 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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