Research Chemist Salary

The average salary for a Research Chemist is $60,847 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Chemistry and Chemical Process Engineering. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$43,828 - $97,717
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$61K
$98K
MEDIAN: $60,762
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$16.67 - $30.91
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$0$98K
Salary $43,828 - $97,717
Bonus $402.68 - $9,910
Profit Sharing $103.04 - $12,605
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$42,966 - $98,856
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 414
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $16.67 - $30.91
Overtime $0.00 - $43.41
Annual Data $0$98K
Bonus $402.68 - $9,910
Profit Sharing $103.04 - $12,605
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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$42,966 - $98,856
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 46

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Job Description for Research Chemist

A research chemist uses their background of chemistry and research techniques to discover new knowledge or develop new technologies. Chemistry is the study of matter and energy, and, thus, the discipline is applicable to expand a wide variety of fields. For example, a research chemist may work for a pharmaceutical company trying to develop a new compound capable of treating a somatic condition, or they may try to develop a new way to manufacture a medicine that reduces impurities causing side effects. Research chemists might also may work for an energy company trying to develop a new additive that makes gasoline burn cleaner and more efficiently, or they may work for a semiconductor company trying to develop a new compound that better aids in the doping process that gives rise to transistor behavior.

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Research Chemist Tasks

  • Design, develop, and characterize novel synthetic products and processes.
  • Create and maintain product development strategies, documentation and progress reports.
  • Keep up to date on current research and technologies.
  • Observe, analyze, calculate and evaluate results from laboratory work to improve processes and communicate data.

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Chemist

Pay by Experience for a Research Chemist has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Chemist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 319 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Chemist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 123 salaries. An experienced Research Chemist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 55 salaries. A Research Chemist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 33 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,633

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Research Chemist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Chemist?

Research Chemist in San Diego:
"Flexible work schedule and casual work environment."
Pros: Little micromanagement, flexible schedule, active and fun work environment. Applicable and interesting projects. Small company.
Cons: Job offers low salaries. Management and upper level people are slow with bonus program. Can be busy and is difficult to schedule reviews.

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Key Stats for Research Chemist

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Research Chemist Salaries

▲65%

▲27%

▲9%

National Average
$61,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Research Chemist Salaries

Chemistry
▲27%

Chemical Process Engineering
▲15%


National Average
$61,000

Product Development
▼1%


HPLC
▼5%

Data Analysis
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 11%
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