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Research Chemist Salary

Median pay for Research Chemists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $63K annually. Overall cash earnings for Research Chemists vary widely between $39K and $102K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Research Chemists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Research Chemists (64 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,424 - $97,762
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$41K
$63K
$98K
MEDIAN: $62,661
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$14.10 - $26.90
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,424 - $97,762  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,909  
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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$38,984 - $101,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 702
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $26.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $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 - $9,909  
   
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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$38,984 - $101,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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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 go on to become Research & Development Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Research & Development Managers is $97K annually. As Research Chemists progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Chemists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $75K per year. Another common career choice for Research Chemists is to move into an Analytical Chemist role. Typically, Analytical Chemists get paid $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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HPLC and Research Analysis. Those proficient in Product Development are, more often than not, 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.


Research Chemists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $53K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $64K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $79K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $99K on average.

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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 165 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

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: 59% employee benefits None: 11%
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