Research Chemist Salary (United States)

Research Chemists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $60,752 annually. Pay ranges from $38,635 on the low end to $97,629 per year on the higher side. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $9,528 from bonuses and more than $10,000 from profit sharing—stretch from around $41,030 to approximately $95,150. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. Most Research Chemists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Research Chemist Salary (?
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$41,030 - $95,150
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MEDIAN: $62,565
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Research Chemist Salary (?
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$14.25 - $26.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,030 - $95,150  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,528  
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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$38,635 - $97,629  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 737
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.25 - $26.95  
   
Overtime
$20.68 - $37.27  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,528  
   
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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$38,635 - $97,629  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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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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While not commonly found, Research Chemists who move on to become Research & Development (R&D) Managers bring in an additional $36K annually. A Sr. Chemist role is the most common promotion for Research Chemists moving up the ladder, and pay increases by $13,780 annually upon moving into this role. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Research Chemists is an Analytical Chemist position, where earnings actually go down by $11,286.

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Popular Skills for Research Chemist

Typical Research Chemists report a focused set of job skills. Material Science is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis. Most people who know Product Development also 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 but not all Research Chemists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Beginning workers can expect to earn $51K starting out, which grows to $64K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $78K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Research Chemists encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $100K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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For Research Chemists, working in the bustling city of Wilmington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Research Chemists earning around 23 percent, 20 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent more than average. Research Chemists in San Diego earn salaries far below the national average by 36 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and St. Paul (-22 percent and -18 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Chemist Salaries

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$61,000

Skills That Affect Research Chemist Salaries

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$61,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
38%
female alumni
 
Male
62%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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