A Research Chemist earns an average salary of $60,964 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. A skill in Material Science is associated with high pay for this job.
Research Chemist Total Pay (?
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$40,450 - $94,402
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MEDIAN: $60,964
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Research Chemist Total Pay (?
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$14.06 - $26.74
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,450 - $94,402  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,210  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $9,863  
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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$38,211 - $97,327  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 954
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.06 - $26.74  
   
Overtime
$20.09 - $37.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,210  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $9,863  
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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$38,211 - $97,327  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 954
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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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Research Chemist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Wilmington
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Houston
up arrow 18%
Pittsburgh
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Los Angeles
up arrow 9%
National Average
$60,000
Minneapolis
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Philadelphia
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St. Paul
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Atlanta
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St. Louis
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San Diego
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Experience Affects Research Chemist Salaries

National Average
$60,000

Skills That Affect Research Chemist Salaries

Product Development
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National Average
$60,000
Research Analysis
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Gender
Female
40%
female alumni
 
Male
60%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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