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.
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.Read More...
Some toxicologists may be in charge of devising standard testing techniques and leading personnel who will assist in testing and research, so management skills are beneficial for this position. It is important to ensure that all parties involved in this work are in compliance with company policies and local and federal laws and regulations, so strong teamwork skills are also important for the extensive collaboration needed to succeed. Training efforts may also have to be devised and administered personally by the toxicologist.
Results of all tests and research should be thoroughly documented in order to generate regular reports, and safety documentation for the use of chemicals may also be necessary. Toxicologists should also be able to offer suggestions about how to improve various chemicals and drugs to make them fitter for human use. A PhD in toxicology may be required for this position.
- 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.