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Chemist Salary

Earnings for Chemists in the United States come in at around $52K annually on average. Earnings generally vary between $35K and $82K per year. In the world of Chemists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $9K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $35K and $82K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by career length and geographic location. Male Chemists are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$36,838 - $82,679
(Median)
$37K
$52K
$83K
MEDIAN: $51,811
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90%

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$14.43 - $27.59
(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
$36,838 - $82,679  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,921  
Profit Sharing
$4.86 - $9,123  
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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$34,655 - $82,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,078
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $27.59  
   
Overtime
$20.95 - $41.61  
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 - $5,921  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.86 - $9,123  
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).
)
$34,655 - $82,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 651

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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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While difficult to come across, Chemists do sometimes move on to become Senior Chemists. The average salary for Senior Chemists is $75K annually. However, it's more common for Chemists to move into roles as Analytical Chemists or Research Chemists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chemist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Chemists, PPG Industries, Inc., Sigma Aldrich Corp, Ecolab, Inc., Intertek, and BASF Corporation are leading firms in the industry. BASF Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $63K on average.

Popular Skills for Chemist


Chemists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Chemistry, Chemical Process Engineering, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 13 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like GMP Compliance, Instrument Control, and HPLC. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemist

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


Chemists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $45K 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. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $74K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Chemists in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), Indianapolis (+12 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Milwaukee (11 percent lower) and Los Angeles (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Chemist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Chemist Salaries

Chemistry
up arrow 24%

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 9%

Instrument Control
up arrow 9%

GMP Compliance
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 443 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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