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Research Chemist Salary

Research Chemists in the United States pull down an average of $63K per year. Cash earnings of Research Chemists can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $39K to almost $102K. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Chemists. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men account for the majority of Research Chemists who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,450 - $97,855
(Median)
$41K
$63K
$98K
MEDIAN: $62,816
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$14.07 - $27.00
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$20
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,450 - $97,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,942  
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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$39,215 - $101,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 706
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $27.00  
   
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 - $9,942  
   
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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$39,215 - $101,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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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For Research Chemists, progressing to a Research & Development Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Research & Development Manager can earn $97K annually. 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


Research Chemists who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 $79K following one to two decades on the job. Research Chemists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $98K.

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Experience Affects Research Chemist Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Research Chemist Salaries


National Average
$62,000

Product Development
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HPLC
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 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: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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