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Forensic Chemist Salary

The average pay for a Forensic Chemist is $50,354 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.
$35,000 - $73,698
(Median)
35K
50K
58K
74K
MEDIAN: $50,354
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75%
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$13.56 - $30.41
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,000 - $73,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
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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$32,572 - $72,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$13.56 - $30.41  
   
Overtime
$26.88 - $66.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
   
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).
)
$32,572 - $72,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
United States (change)

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

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 10%