Chemists are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as chemists in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since chemists are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where chemists have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for chemists.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s chemists:
So there you have it — Chemists is the best of the best when it comes to being a chemist.
How did Chemists end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for chemists and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for chemists in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well chemists get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for chemists in California is $88,120 and the average salary in Illinois is $81,500, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for chemists in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for chemists.
Total Jobs: 2,920
Average Annual Salary: $81,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,320
Average Experienced Salary: $128,920
Location Quotient: 1.12
Total Jobs: 3,240
Average Annual Salary: $108,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $61,470
Average Experienced Salary: $158,870
Location Quotient: 1.99
Total Jobs: 1,540
Average Annual Salary: $99,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,400
Average Experienced Salary: $159,900
Location Quotient: 0.67
Total Jobs: 3,380
Average Annual Salary: $81,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,140
Average Experienced Salary: $132,550
Location Quotient: 0.93
Total Jobs: 460
Average Annual Salary: $80,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,500
Average Experienced Salary: $134,370
Location Quotient: 0.47
Total Jobs: 6,400
Average Annual Salary: $76,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,550
Average Experienced Salary: $124,420
Location Quotient: 0.88
Total Jobs: 3,720
Average Annual Salary: $74,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,870
Average Experienced Salary: $118,710
Location Quotient: 1.43
Total Jobs: 650
Average Annual Salary: $81,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,330
Average Experienced Salary: $128,130
Location Quotient: 0.55
Total Jobs: 1,680
Average Annual Salary: $79,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,330
Average Experienced Salary: $125,910
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 1,310
Average Annual Salary: $82,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,270
Average Experienced Salary: $124,910
Location Quotient: 0.5
If you’re looking to start out your career as a chemist these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a chemist in America:
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