The average Organic Chemist in the United States earns approximately $66K per year. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,160 - $99,554
(Median)
$37K
$66K
$100K
MEDIAN: $65,734
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$14.67 - $36.06
(Median)
$15
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$37,160 - $99,554  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $10,161  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$34,222 - $99,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.67 - $36.06  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $10,161  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$34,222 - $99,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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Job Description for Organic Chemist

Organic chemists work in a range of fields; some positions may be based in the medical field and involve development and operation in medical laboratories, while others are found in process-based scientific laboratories. Organic chemists typically work indoors and are often employed by companies in energy, defense, and pharmaceuticals.

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Organic Chemist Tasks

  • Write up results, modify protocols and disseminate findings.
  • Stay up to date on current organic chemistry research and conferences.
  • Design and implement methodologies for synthesizing, analyzing and validating compounds and materials.
  • Perform complex experiments, utilizing equipment and technology.
  • Develop and maintain protocols and equipment usage guidelines.

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Experience Affects Organic Chemist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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