Chemist Salary

Average Chemists in the United States make around $52K per year. Compensation ranges from $35K on the lower end to $82K per year on the higher end. Final cash compensation to Chemists varies from around $35K to approximately $82K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $9K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by career duration and geographic location. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 62 percent of Chemists are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Chemists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$36,769 - $82,823
(Median)
$37K
$52K
$83K
MEDIAN: $51,682
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50%
90%

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$14.46 - $27.84
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,769 - $82,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,976  
Profit Sharing
$5.07 - $8,940  
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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$34,743 - $82,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,167
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.46 - $27.84  
   
Overtime
$20.99 - $41.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.07 - $8,940  
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).
)
$34,743 - $82,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 684
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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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Chemists don't often assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Chemist. Employees in that role get paid an average $75K per year. More commonly, Chemists become Analytical Chemists or Research Chemists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chemist


Chemists flock to PPG Industries, Inc., Sigma Aldrich Corp, Ecolab, Inc., Intertek, and BASF Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, BASF Corporation offers the most; Chemists earn $63K on average there. Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks at Sherwin Williams Co. ($56K), PPG Industries, Inc. ($54K), and Ecolab, Inc. ($52K).

Intertek, Sigma Aldrich Corp, and Ecolab, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $42K, $46K, and $52K.

Popular Skills for Chemist


Survey results show that Chemists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Chemistry, Chemical Process Engineering, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include GMP Compliance, Instrument Control, and HPLC. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled in Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemist

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


Chemists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chemists make a median salary of $63K. 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


For Chemists, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Chemists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+18 percent), New York (+18 percent), Indianapolis (+15 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Milwaukee and 5 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Chemist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Chemist Salaries

Chemistry
up arrow 25%

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 13%


Research Analysis
up arrow 4%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$50,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

HPLC
up arrow 7%

Instrument Control
up arrow 9%

GMP Compliance
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 432 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%
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