Forensic Chemist Salary

The average pay for a Forensic Chemist is $57,423 per year.

$39,498 - $81,994
$39K
$57K
$82K
MEDIAN: $57,423
10%
50%
90%

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$16.42 - $21.75
$20
MEDIAN: $19.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,498 - $81,994  
   
Bonus
$2,250  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$38,871 - $80,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$19.97  
   
Overtime
$30.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$2,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$38,871 - $80,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Chemist

Pay by Experience for a Forensic Chemist has a positive trend. An entry-level Forensic Chemist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 29 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Forensic Chemist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 9 salaries. An experienced Forensic Chemist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 9 salaries. A Forensic Chemist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 5 salaries.

Key Stats for Forensic Chemist

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Forensic Chemist Salaries

Late-Career
▲48%

Mid-Career
▲14%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 5%