$55,371
Avg. Salary
$19.99
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,192

Bonus

$2,014

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Analytical Chemist is $19.99 per hour.

The average pay for an Analytical Chemist is $55,371 per year.

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MEDIAN $55,371
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$0$84K
Salary $40,093 - $84,585
Bonus $478 - $7,930
Profit Sharing $275 - $7,946
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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$36,794 - $81,385
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,317
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $15.15 - $29.27
Overtime $22.80 - $41.59
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $478 - $7,930
Profit Sharing $275 - $7,946
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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$36,794 - $81,385
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 466

Job Description for Analytical Chemist

Analytical chemists are specialized scientists who work to determine the chemical makeup of a variety of substances, both organic and inorganic. They must not only determine what chemical compounds and molecules are contained in a piece of matter, but also the quantities of those chemicals relative to others to discover chemical impurities, analyze unknown samples, and maintain quality control for specific chemical substances and medicines.

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Analytical Chemist Tasks
  • Use computer-controlled instruments in laboratories to take measurements.
  • Study samples, calibrate and standardize test results, interpret data and report results.
  • Determine the composition and structure of matter.

Popular Employer Salaries for Analytical Chemist


The biggest paychecks can be found at BASF Corporation — the median salary there is $78K.

Covance, Inc pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $42K, just about half of the top paying company's median.

Common Career Paths for Analytical Chemist


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Analytical Chemists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Chemist, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $75K per year. Analytical Chemists typically move into roles as Laboratory Managers or Quality Assurance Managers, and those positions pay $9K more and $17K more, respectively.

Analytical Chemist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Analytical Chemist


Survey takers working as Analytical Chemists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Method Development, Research Analysis, and Chemistry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HPLC, GMP Compliance, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Technical Analysis, and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Analytical Chemist

Pay by Experience for an Analytical Chemist has a positive trend. An entry-level Analytical Chemist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 605 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Analytical Chemist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 290 salaries. An experienced Analytical Chemist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 170 salaries. An Analytical Chemist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

28%

21%

-5%

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-13%

-18%

-24%

National Average: $52,920

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Analytical Chemists in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Analytical Chemists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+28 percent), St. Louis (+22 percent), Salt Lake City (+18 percent), and Baltimore (+17 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Analytical Chemists in Atlanta earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Madison and Wilmington (17 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

Analytical Chemist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Analytical Chemist?

Analytical Chemist in Allentown:
Pros: Cost of living and available family activities
Cons: Public school sizes are very large and private schoos are expensive

Analytical Chemist:
Supervisors and managers of Analytical dept. Yell at their reports on a daily bases creating a very negative work environment, affecting negatively not only the productivity, but also the personal health. This has been a misstreatment culture in the company for many years and top management does nothing to fix it! What a shame!

Analytical Chemist in San Jose:
"Love job but Silicon Valley is VERY expensive though."
Pros: Ability to seek out areas for group improvement and independent technical expertise, and go after them.
Cons: Silicon Valley is VERY expensive, tough to live here and grow financially with current rate of compensation.

Analytical Chemist in Houston:
"XRF Applications Specialist."
Pros: Houston is a good city to live and has lots of opportunities.
Cons: Commute can be slow.

Analytical Chemist in Grand Rapids:
"Vary your skills."
Learn as many analytical techniques as you can; specialize in a couple; learn how to draw conclusions from data of different techniques together.

Analytical Chemist in Greenville:
"Mayne Pharma ACI."
Pros: Rewarding work and competent coworkers. Ability to be informal with supervisors and coworkers.
Cons: The pay is awful. No overtime pay. Lots of required overtime. Stressful work. Unrealistic standards.

Analytical Chemist in Logan:
"Verbal promises are no good."
Work in a place that treats employees well, and also holds you accountable for progress. If you work someplace with a negative atmosphere, get out. It may be tempting to try and change it, but if the managers are negative it will never change. Smaller companies can get stagnant. Shoot for jobs with large companies at the start of your career, they probably will do a better job of training you, and the pay is better. Then, later on in your career you can better deal with, and be of value to, smaller companies that can use your knowledge of solid business practices to experience their own success.

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Key Stats for Analytical Chemist

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 263 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Analytical Chemist Salaries

▲38%

▲32%

▲12%

National Average
$53,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Analytical Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
▲13%

Method Development
▲7%


Chemistry
▲5%


Chromatography
▲2%


National Average
$53,000



GMP Compliance
▼5%

HPLC
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 263 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 13%