Research Chemist Salary

Research Chemists in the United States take home an average $62K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $39K and hits $102K on the high end. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Research Chemists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. More than half of Research Chemists (63 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,444 - $97,858
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$41K
$62K
$98K
MEDIAN: $62,348
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$14.16 - $26.58
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$20
$27
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,444 - $97,858  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,945  
Profit Sharing
$300.67 - $10,213  
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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$39,473 - $102,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 705
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $26.58  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,945  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.67 - $10,213  
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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$39,473 - $102,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Research & Development Manager. The latter position pays an average of $97K annually. More often than not, a Senior Chemist role is the next step for Research Chemists moving up in the field. Senior Chemists usually make $75K per year. Many other Research Chemists choose to take on an Analytical Chemist role, where salaries are typically $50K.

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Popular Skills for Research Chemist


Survey takers who work as Research Chemists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Material Science, Product Development, Research Analysis, and HPLC are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HPLC and Research Analysis. Those familiar with Product Development also tend to know Material Science.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Chemist

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


For many Research Chemists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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. Research Chemists see a median salary of $78K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $97K on average.

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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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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

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: 60% employee benefits None: 11%
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