$78,441
Avg. Salary
$26.76
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,500

Bonus

$2,940

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Sr. Chemist is $26.76 per hour.

The average pay for a Sr. Chemist is $78,441 per year.

$19.89
10%
$26.76
50%
$39.35
90%
MEDIAN $26.76
$56k
10%
$78k
50%
$108k
90%
MEDIAN $78,441
$56,017 - $107,691
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MEDIAN: $78,441
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$19.89 - $39.35
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$0$114K
Salary $56,017 - $107,691
Bonus $508 - $10,358
Profit Sharing $206 - $9,845
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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$55,604 - $114,900
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 929
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $19.89 - $39.35
Overtime $24.24 - $64.78
Annual Data $0$114K
Bonus $508 - $10,358
Profit Sharing $206 - $9,845
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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$55,604 - $114,900
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 55

Job Description for Sr. Chemist

The senior chemist performs analytical testing for their employer using approved methods, procedures, corporate policies, and current industry standards. Senior chemists also review quality assurance documentation, assess data compliance/validity with the quality control department, and ensure all the work is performed and documented accurately and in compliance with internal procedures and regulatory requirements.

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Sr. Chemist Tasks
  • Design, develop, and test formulations or compounds.
  • Optimize processes for production of desired chemical agents.
  • Write standard operating procedures, safety materials, and laboratory reports.
  • Operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and test laboratory equipment and relevant documentation.

Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Chemist


Senior Chemists flock to Dow Chemical Co for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $120K lead the pack in compensation.

Employees at University of Iowa (UI) take home the smallest paychecks, and $62K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $58K and quickly nearing the top at only $65K.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Chemist


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Advancing into a Research & Development Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Senior Chemists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $97K per year. Senior Chemists most often advance into Laboratory Manager and Quality Assurance Manager positions even though the median salaries are $17K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

Sr. Chemist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Sr. Chemist


Survey results suggest that Senior Chemists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Mass Spectrometry, Material Science, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 29 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Data Analysis, and Technical Analysis. For most people, competency in Product Development indicates knowledge of Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Chemist

Pay by Experience for a Sr. Chemist has a positive trend. An entry-level Sr. Chemist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 161 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sr. Chemist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 175 salaries. An experienced Sr. Chemist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 181 salaries. A Sr. Chemist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 87 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,439

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

For Senior Chemists, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 20 percent greater than the national average. Senior Chemists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+18 percent), Philadelphia (+10 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Cincinnati (+9 percent). Senior Chemists in Lancaster take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 30 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Iowa City (22 percent lower) and Austin (21 percent lower).

Sr. Chemist Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Sr. Chemist?

Sr. Chemist in Edison:
"Everything is driven by marketing."
Learn soft skills

Sr. Chemist in Schenectady:
Pros: Like the company, have my own research program.
Cons: Parents and other relatives are back in Europe.

Sr. Chemist in Baltimore:
"An aging industry."
Nuclear power is an aging industry few are aspiring to and frequent retirements are causing everyone to be overloaded and no promise of the situation improving overall. Even if a replacement is hired the 2-4 yr learning curve means a stressful & hectic time for all and work-life balance is no longer possible for anyone.

Sr. Chemist in Doylestown:
"Go into biotech and not chemistry."
Get as much training as possible.

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Key Stats for Sr. Chemist

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 156 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Sr. Chemist Salaries

▲16%

National Average
$79,000

▼1%

▼8%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Sr. Chemist Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
▲35%

Material Science
▲28%




National Average
$79,000


Data Analysis
▼9%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 8%