Toxicologist Salary

Toxicologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $80K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men make up a slight majority of Toxicologists (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$50,524 - $117,678
(Median)
$51K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,933
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90%

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$15.32 - $47.89
(Median)
$15
$24
$48
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,524 - $117,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,720  
Profit Sharing
$2,800  
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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$47,543 - $118,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $47.89  
   
Overtime
$31.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,720  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,800  
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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$47,543 - $118,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Toxicologist

Toxicologists perform various tests and conduct research to determine the effects of chemicals on humans and animals, and they are often employed in the pharmaceutical field. They are usually present from the development phases to the product's release on the market, as well as for ongoing analysis of consumers and long-term use, and they generally conduct investigations, tests, and studies to determine whether a drug or chemical is safe for human use.

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Toxicologist Tasks

  • Create hazard training and documentation materials specific to particular workers.
  • Support labeling and materials records, including warnings and suggested substitutions.
  • Perform toxicological analyses to detect, understand, defend, and profile materials and compounds.
  • Review laboratory and/or human studies to assess dangers, exposures, and protocols.

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Popular Skills for Toxicologist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with toxicology and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Toxicologist

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


For many Toxicologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $62K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $84K. Toxicologists bring in $92K after working for 10 to 20 years. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $106K on average.

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Experience Affects Toxicologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Toxicologist Salaries

toxicology
up arrow 28%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

National Average
$78,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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