Average Quality Control (QC) Chemist Salary

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The average salary for a Quality Control (QC) Chemist is $49,624.
MEDIAN $49,624
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$38k - $69k
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$50 - $5k
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$35k - $67k

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Job Description for Quality Control (QC) Chemist

Quality Control (QC) Chemist Tasks
  • Extract, derive, and analyze samples using scientific equipment.
  • Prepare study protocols, collect data, and present recommendations.
  • Maintain the lab and calibrate equipment, including documentation of use and results.
  • Identify and investigate abnormal test results, conducting root cause analysis.
The top respondents for the job title Quality Control (QC) Chemist are from the companies KIK Custom Products, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. and Sun Pharmaceuticals. Reported salaries are highest at Teva Pharmaceuticals USA where the average pay is $69,100. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. and Sun Pharmaceuticals, earning around $62,978 and $50,746, respectively. Hydrite Chemical Company pays the lowest at around $35,000. Boston Analytical and KIK Custom Products also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $44,675 and $48,403, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Chemist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control (QC) Chemist

An entry-level Quality Control (QC) Chemist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $42,706 based on 245 salaries. An early career Quality Control (QC) Chemist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,897 based on 537 salaries. A mid-career Quality Control (QC) Chemist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $56,947 based on 198 salaries. An experienced Quality Control (QC) Chemist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,740 based on 87 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $69,919.
Employees with Quality Control (QC) Chemist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 2.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in St. Louis, Missouri (0.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota (10.9% less), New York, New York (6.8% less) and Chicago, Illinois (3.3% less).

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