Chemical Laboratory Analysts in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.50 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Though the majority of Chemical Laboratory Analysts do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Male Chemical Laboratory Analysts are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$33,063 - $67,520
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $44,212
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$13.52 - $22.84
(Median)
$14
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,063 - $67,520  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $3,041  
Profit Sharing
$2,966  
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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$29,837 - $59,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $22.84  
   
Overtime
$19.13 - $39.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$197.27 - $3,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,966  
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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$29,837 - $59,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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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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Chemical Laboratory Analysts who transition into a Quality Assurance Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $69K per year. It is not unusual for a Chemical Laboratory Analyst to become a Chemist or a Chemical Laboratory Technician.

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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.


For Chemical Laboratory Analysts, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $36K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Laboratory Analyst, Chemical Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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