Research Chemists with Material Science skills pull down an average of $62K per year. Cash earnings for Research Chemists with Material Science skills — including $10K in bonuses and $24K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $95K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Research Chemists with Material Science skills greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$42,450 - $91,110
$42K
$62K
$91K
MEDIAN: $62,331
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$17.27 - $21.18
$19
MEDIAN: $19.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,450 - $91,110  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,594  
Profit Sharing
$817 - $24,468  
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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$41,485 - $94,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.49  
   
Overtime
$27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,594  
   
Profit Sharing
$817 - $24,468  
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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$41,485 - $94,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Chemist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Research Chemists with Material Science skills. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $61K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $69K on average. Research Chemists with Material Science skills with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $73K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $95K on average.

Key Stats for Research Chemist

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
051
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Research Chemist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 50%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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