Median pay for Toxicologists in the United States is around $83K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Toxicologists (51 percent) who responded to the survey. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,948 - $132,823
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$50K
$83K
$130K
MEDIAN: $82,787
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$14.79 - $48.97
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$15
$24
$49
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,948 - $132,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,452  
Total Pay (?
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$44,423 - $138,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $48.97  
   
Overtime
$37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,452  
   
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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$44,423 - $138,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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


Toxicologists report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with toxicology and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis. The majority of those 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Toxicologists. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $99K in this role. Toxicologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $103K.

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Experience Affects Toxicologist Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Toxicologist Salaries

toxicology
up arrow 23%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

National Average
$81,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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