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Quality Control (QC) Chemist Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Quality Control (QC) Chemist is $47,590 per year. A skill in HPLC is associated with high pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Quality Control (QC) Chemist Salary (?
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$34,116 - $67,078
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MEDIAN: $47,589
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Quality Control (QC) Chemist Salary (?
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$14.34 - $25.21
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,116 - $67,078  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,939  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $4,096  
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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$32,266 - $64,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 455
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.34 - $25.21  
   
Overtime
$20.69 - $35.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $4,096  
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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$32,266 - $64,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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Job Description for Quality Control (QC) Chemist

Companies that manufacture chemicals and solvents normally hire quality control (QC) chemists. Quality control differs from quality assurance; while quality assurance focuses on the chemical development and creation processes, quality control chemists assess the final product through chemical analysis to ensure it meets organizational standards.
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Quality Control (QC) Chemist Tasks
  • Maintain the lab and calibrate equipment, including documentation of use and results.
  • Identify and investigate abnormal test results, conducting root cause analysis.
  • Extract, derive, and analyze samples using scientific equipment.
  • Prepare study protocols, collect data, and present recommendations.

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Pay Difference By Location

Indianapolis
up arrow 28%
Irvine
up arrow 22%
Atlanta
up arrow 12%
Los Angeles
up arrow 4%
Huntsville
up arrow 3%
Cincinnati
up arrow 1%
National Average
$45,000
Chicago
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San Diego
up arrow 7%
St. Louis
up arrow 10%
Kansas City
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Quality Control (QC) Chemist Reviews

What is it like working as a Quality Control (QC) Chemist?
Quality Control (QC) Chemist in Lancaster:
"Pharmaceutical Chemist."
Pros: Overtime is available, which off-set the low compensation.
Cons: The pay is far below average and the 70 miles a day commute makes it worse.

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Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Chemist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%
Experienced
up arrow 30%
Mid-Career
up arrow 15%
National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Chemist Salaries

HPLC
up arrow 15%
Data Analysis
up arrow 2%
National Average
$45,000
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%
Chemistry
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%