Forensic Chemist Salary

The average pay for a Forensic Chemist is $52,402 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.

$38,988 - $72,857
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$73K
MEDIAN: $52,402
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$12.37 - $32.97
(Median)
$12
$18
$33
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,988 - $72,857  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
Total Pay (?
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$35,006 - $72,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $32.97  
   
Overtime
$58.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
   
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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$35,006 - $72,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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