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Average Chemist Salary

$56,551
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,059
Bonus
$2,260
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The average salary for a Chemist is $56,551.
10%
$40k
MEDIAN
$57k
90%
$84k
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What Do Chemists Do?

Chemist Tasks
  • Collect and document quality assurance test data, including testing formulations, substrates and reagents.
  • Interpret and analyze data and equipment logs from other laboratory members.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and use instruments, equipment and software tools.

Job Satisfaction for Chemist

3.5 out of 5
(618)
Highly Satisfied
43Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Chemist are from the companies PPG Industries, Inc., Eurofins and Sherwin Williams Co.. Reported salaries are highest at Sasol North America where the average pay is $71,795. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Sherwin Williams Co. and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., earning around $65,498 and $61,666, respectively. Eurofins pays the lowest at around $42,494. Abbvie, Inc and PPG Industries, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $49,905 and $59,538, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Chemists?

Skills in Product Development, Technical Analysis and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Chemists?

An entry-level Chemist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,705 based on 387 salaries. An early career Chemist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,088 based on 1,973 salaries. A mid-career Chemist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,982 based on 816 salaries. An experienced Chemist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $66,863 based on 465 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $76,564.
Employees with Chemist in their job title in Cincinnati, Ohio earn an average of 14.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (9.8% more) and Cleveland, Ohio (7.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (9.1% less) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (0.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,946 survey responses.
Entry Level
9.8%
Early Career
50.0%
Mid Career
20.7%
Experienced
11.8%
Late Career
7.7%