Research Chemist Salary

An average Research Chemist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $62K per year. Overall cash earnings of Research Chemists stretch from $39K near the bottom to $102K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the majority of Research Chemists (63 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,366 - $97,889
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$98K
MEDIAN: $62,370
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$14.16 - $26.58
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,366 - $97,889  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,958  
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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$39,372 - $102,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 704
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $26.58  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,958  
   
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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$39,372 - $102,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Research & Development Manager. The average Research & Development Manager brings home $97K per year. A Senior Chemist role is the most common promotion for Research Chemists moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $75K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Research Chemists is an Analytical Chemist position, where earnings are usually $50K.

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Popular Skills for Research Chemist


Survey takers who work as Research Chemists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Product Development, Research Analysis, and HPLC are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include HPLC and Research Analysis. It is often found that people who know Product Development are also skilled in Material Science.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Chemist

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 Research Chemists. Research Chemists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $53K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $64K. On average, Research Chemists make $78K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $98K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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What is it like working as a Research Chemist?

Research Chemist in San Diego:
"Flexible work schedule and casual work environment."
Pros: Little micromanagement, flexible schedule, active and fun work environment. Applicable and interesting projects. Small company.
Cons: Job offers low salaries. Management and upper level people are slow with bonus program. Can be busy and is difficult to schedule reviews.

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Experience Affects Research Chemist Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Research Chemist Salaries


National Average
$61,000

Product Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 11%
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