The average salary for a Research Chemist is $60,847 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Chemistry and Chemical Process Engineering. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$41,880 - $98,485
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MEDIAN: $60,847
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$15.78 - $29.36
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,880 - $98,485  
   
Bonus
$-0.47 - $9,991  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $19,392  
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$41,097 - $100,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 440
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $29.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.22  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.47 - $9,991  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $19,392  
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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$41,097 - $100,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50

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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.

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National Average: $60,670

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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
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
051
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Research Chemist Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Research Chemist Salaries

Chemistry
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Chemical Process Engineering
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National Average
$61,000



HPLC
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Data Analysis
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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