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Forensic Chemist Salary

The average pay for a Forensic Chemist is $50,430 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$38,162 - $75,212
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,429
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50%
90%

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$13.81 - $30.41
(Median)
$14
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,162 - $75,212  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,667  
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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$34,780 - $73,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $30.41  
   
Overtime
$26.88 - $66.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,667  
   
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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$34,780 - $73,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Forensic Chemist

The main responsibility of a forensic chemist is to assist the office of the chief medical examiner with different type of deaths. On a day to day basis, a forensic chemist is required to function as a toxicologist for the lab, take the most responsibility when it comes to new programs, perform basic chemistry work on bodies and evidence found, and come up with new methods of analyzing toxicology reports. This chemist is also responsible for validating, developing, and reviewing toxicology reports in the lab and isolating drugs from a specimen using chemistry.

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Experience Affects Forensic Chemist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 11%
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