Laboratory Analyst, Chemical Salary

The average Chemical Laboratory Analyst in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.91 per hour. Total cash compensation to Chemical Laboratory Analysts approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $64K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Most Chemical Laboratory Analysts report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Chemical Laboratory Analysts (54 percent) who responded to the survey. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,727 - $68,807
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$69K
MEDIAN: $40,312
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$11.93 - $26.07
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,727 - $68,807  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,995  
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $4,777  
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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$26,471 - $64,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $26.07  
   
Overtime
$17.05 - $39.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,995  
   
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $4,777  
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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$26,471 - $64,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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Job Description for Laboratory Analyst, Chemical

Chemical laboratory analyst positions exist in a wide variety of fields and companies, ranging from pharmaceutical companies to government agencies. Their daily tasks may include receiving and maintaining lab samples, performing maintenance and calibration for various lab equipment, and recording and analyzing results. They are tasked with ensuring that safety standards and company policies are enforced at all times. The amount of exposure to hazardous materials depends on the work being done in any given project, but the risk is typically mitigated appropriately in the laboratory environment.

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Laboratory Analyst, Chemical Tasks

  • Calibrate and standardize reagents on a day-to-day basis.
  • Perform wet chemical methods such as thin layer chromatography and acid-base titrations.
  • Test water, ion exchange resin, and other samples for the facility or other projects.
  • Analyze data, record results, and maintain documentation.

Common Career Paths for Laboratory Analyst, Chemical


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It's not very common for Chemical Laboratory Analysts to move on to become Research Chemists. Average pay for a Research Chemist is $57K annually. More commonly, Chemical Laboratory Analysts become Chemists or Chemical Laboratory Technicians.

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Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Analyst, Chemical

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Chemical Laboratory Analysts. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $35K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $41K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chemical Laboratory Analysts make a median salary of $48K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $59K.

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Experience Affects Laboratory Analyst, Chemical Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 19%
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