Toxicologists in the United States pull down an average of $84K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Toxicologists making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Toxicologists. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

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$0.00 - $18,383  
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$44,607 - $139,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $48.97  
   
Overtime
$42.00  
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$0.00 - $18,383  
   
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$44,607 - $139,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

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

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Popular Skills for Toxicologist


Toxicologists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with toxicology and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis. Most people familiar with 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.


Toxicologists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $65K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $83K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Toxicologists make a median salary of $99K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $103K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Key Stats for Toxicologist

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Toxicologist Salaries


Experienced
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Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$83,000


Skills That Affect Toxicologist Salaries

toxicology
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National Average
$83,000

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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