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Research Chemist Salary

A Research Chemist earns an average salary of $62,755 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
$41,385 - $95,684
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MEDIAN: $62,755
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$14.24 - $27.60
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,385 - $95,684  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,621  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,933  
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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$39,050 - $98,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 724
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.24 - $27.60  
   
Overtime
$11.42 - $37.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,621  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,933  
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).
)
$39,050 - $98,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Chemist

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

Related Job Salaries

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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HPLC
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%