Research Chemist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Research Chemist is $62,285 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. A skill in Material Science is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Research Chemist Total Pay (?
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$41,005 - $95,781
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MEDIAN: $62,284
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Research Chemist Total Pay (?
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$14.26 - $27.70
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,005 - $95,781  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,660  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,137  
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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$39,023 - $98,504  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 876
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.26 - $27.70  
   
Overtime
$20.46 - $37.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,660  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,137  
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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$39,023 - $98,504  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 876
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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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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 24%
San Francisco
up arrow 24%
Pittsburgh
up arrow 17%
Cincinnati
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Los Angeles
up arrow 5%
National Average
$61,000
Minneapolis
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Philadelphia
up arrow 14%
St. Paul
up arrow 17%
Atlanta
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St. Louis
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San Diego
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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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Research Analysis
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Gender
Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
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
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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