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Research Chemist Salary

For Research Chemists, yearly average wages total $63K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Research Chemists generally range from $39K to $101K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. More than half of Research Chemists (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$41,315 - $97,316
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$41K
$63K
$97K
MEDIAN: $62,978
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$14.20 - $26.30
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,315 - $97,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,857  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $10,000  
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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$38,935 - $101,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 711
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.20 - $26.30  
   
Overtime
$11.42 - $36.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,857  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $10,000  
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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$38,935 - $101,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97

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Job Description for Research Chemist

A research chemist uses their background of chemistry and research techniques to discover new knowledge or develop new technologies. Chemistry is the study of matter and energy, and, thus, the discipline is applicable to expand a wide variety of fields. For example, a research chemist may work for a pharmaceutical company trying to develop a new compound capable of treating a somatic condition, or they may try to develop a new way to manufacture a medicine that reduces impurities causing side effects. Research chemists might also may work for an energy company trying to develop a new additive that makes gasoline burn cleaner and more efficiently, or they may work for a semiconductor company trying to develop a new compound that better aids in the doping process that gives rise to transistor behavior.

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Research Chemist Tasks

  • Keep up to date on current research and technologies.
  • Observe, analyze, calculate and evaluate results from laboratory work to improve processes and communicate data.
  • Design, develop, and characterize novel synthetic products and processes.
  • Create and maintain product development strategies, documentation and progress reports.

Common Career Paths for Research Chemist


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Research Chemists who transition into a Research & Development Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $97K per year. Becoming a Senior Chemist is, more often than not, the most common role that Research Chemists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $75K. Another frequent advance is for Research Chemists to assume an Analytical Chemist role; in this role, workers often earn $50K.

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Popular Skills for Research Chemist


Survey results show that Research Chemists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Product Development, Research Analysis, and HPLC are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HPLC, Research Analysis, and Product Development. For most people, competency in Product Development indicates knowledge of Material Science.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Chemist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Research Chemists. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $52K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $64K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $79K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $98K on average.

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Experience Affects Research Chemist Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Research Chemist Salaries

Material Science
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National Average
$61,000

Product Development
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HPLC
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%