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Average Analytical Chemist Salary

$55,819
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,032
Bonus
$1,996
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The average salary for an Analytical Chemist is $55,819.
10%
$41k
MEDIAN
$56k
90%
$84k
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What Do Analytical Chemists Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Analytical Chemist

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The top respondents for the job title Analytical Chemist are from the companies Eurofins, Covance, Inc and Pfizer, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at BASF Corporation where the average pay is $80,193. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Pfizer, Inc. and Ampac Fine Chemicals LLC, earning around $65,985 and $61,379, respectively. Covance, Inc pays the lowest at around $48,500. Eurofins and Clariant Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $52,000 and $55,000, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Analytical Chemists?

Skills in Troubleshooting, Research Analysis and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Data Analysis.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Analytical Chemists?

An entry-level Analytical Chemist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $46,419 based on 165 salaries. An early career Analytical Chemist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,716 based on 716 salaries. A mid-career Analytical Chemist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,492 based on 362 salaries. An experienced Analytical Chemist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $67,328 based on 217 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $79,678.
Employees with Analytical Chemist in their job title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania earn an average of 18.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (10.6% more) and Madison, Wisconsin (7.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Indianapolis, Indiana (12.9% less), Denver, Colorado (9.8% less) and Los Angeles, California (1.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,549 survey responses.
Entry Level
10.7%
Early Career
46.2%
Mid Career
23.4%
Experienced
14.0%
Late Career
5.7%