Median pay for Chemists in the United States is around $54K annually. Total cash compensation to Chemists varies from $35K to $82K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K each. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by experience level and location. Chemists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 64 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Chemists is high.
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|Bonus||$192.29 - $7,485|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $7,341|
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|$34,787 - $81,808|
|Hourly Rate||$14.52 - $27.00|
|Overtime||$20.39 - $41.47|
|Bonus||$192.29 - $7,485|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $7,341|
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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.Read More...
Most chemist positions require the candidate to have earned at least a Bachelors degree, but upper level positions require a few years of work experience and/or more advanced degrees. In terms of non-technical skills, chemists must have strong communication skills - both written and verbal. They must be able to manage multiple projects effectively while being able to work independently or with the rest of the laboratory team. Safety awareness is also crucial for chemists, since some of the chemicals they work with on a daily basis have the potential to seriously injure or kill whoever comes in contact with them. Chemists must also be able follow directions exactly, but they also need to be able to identify potential improvements to improve an experiment or process.
- Collect and document quality assurance test data, including testing formulations, substrates and reagents.
- Interpret and analyze data and equipment logs from other laboratory members.
- Maintain, troubleshoot, and use instruments, equipment and software tools.
Popular Employer Salaries for Chemist
Chemists fill the offices of leading firms PPG Industries, Inc., Valspar Corporation, Ecolab, Inc., Sigma Aldrich Corp, and Advanced Testing Laboratory. Valspar Corporation pays the most with a median salary of $73K, though there is little variation overall ($63K to $96K). Other leaders in compensation levels are Sherwin Williams Co. at $63K, PPG Industries, Inc. at $57K, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., where Chemists annually earn $57K.
AAIPharma, Intertek and Clean Harbors, Inc are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $38K, $41K, and $43K.
Popular Skills for Chemist
Chemists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Chemistry, Project Management, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 28 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include GMP Compliance. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Research Analysis and Product Development.
Pay by Experience Level for Chemist
Pay by Experience for a Chemist has a positive trend. An entry-level Chemist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 1,722 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chemist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 577 salaries. An experienced Chemist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 369 salaries. A Chemist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 213 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Chemists will find that Cleveland offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+12 percent), New York (+10 percent), Philadelphia (+10 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Milwaukee is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Seattle and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.
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