The average pay for a Forensic Chemist is $56,805 per year.

$39,867 - $83,800
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$84K
MEDIAN: $56,804
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$16.48 - $21.75
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,867 - $83,800  
   
Bonus
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,230  
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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$39,049 - $83,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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
$3,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,230  
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).
)
$39,049 - $83,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

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

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Experience Affects Forensic Chemist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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