Research Chemist Salary

Salaries for Research Chemists in the United States average out at around $61K annually, but Wilmington employers pay the most, offering approximately $141K on average. Research Chemists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+44 percent), Stamford (+38 percent), Philadelphia (+37 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,278 - $98,024
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$61K
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MEDIAN: $61,193
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$0$99K
Salary $43,278 - $98,024
Bonus $305.21 - $9,826
Profit Sharing $776 - $13,395
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$42,101 - $99,669
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 417
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $16.21 - $30.30
Overtime $0.00 - $41.21
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $305.21 - $9,826
Profit Sharing $776 - $13,395
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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$42,101 - $99,669
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 51

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Research Chemist


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For Research Chemists, progressing to a Chemical Research & Development Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Chemical Research & Development Manager can earn $105K annually. Going from Research Chemist to Senior Chemist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $75K. Many others choose to work as Analytical Chemists, where pay is typically $50K.

Research Chemist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Chemist


BASF Corporation does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $105K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $61K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $110K.

With a median employee salary of $61K, PPG Industries, Inc. pays significantly less than its competitors (71 percent less than the top paying company).

Popular Skills for Research Chemist


Research Chemists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Chemistry, Chemical Process Engineering, and Material Science are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 15 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Data Analysis and HPLC as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Product Development also know Material Science.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Chemist

Pay by Experience for a Research Chemist has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Chemist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 319 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Chemist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 123 salaries. An experienced Research Chemist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 55 salaries. A Research Chemist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 33 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,820

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Research Chemist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Research Chemist

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Research Chemist Salaries

▲65%

▲27%

▲8%

National Average
$61,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Research Chemist Salaries

Chemistry
▲26%

Chemical Process Engineering
▲15%


National Average
$61,000

Product Development
▼1%


HPLC
▼6%

Data Analysis
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 11%
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