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Chemist Salary (United States)

A Chemist earns an average salary of $50,553 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. A skill in Chemistry is associated with high pay for this job.
Chemist Salary (?
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$36,116 - $79,652
(Median)
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80K
MEDIAN: $50,553
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Chemist Salary (?
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$14.23 - $27.38
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,116 - $79,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,751  
Profit Sharing
$25.60 - $8,877  
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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$34,136 - $78,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,773
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.23 - $27.38  
   
Overtime
$20.92 - $39.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,751  
   
Profit Sharing
$25.60 - $8,877  
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).
)
$34,136 - $78,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 577
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Chemist

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

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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Indianapolis
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Irvine
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Charlotte
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National Average
$49,000
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Experience Affects Chemist Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Chemist Salaries

Chemistry
up arrow 27%
Technical Analysis
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Data Analysis
0%
National Average
$49,000
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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HPLC
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
39%
female alumni
 
Male
61%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%