These Are The 10 Best States For Chemists

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Michigan
  2. Maryland
  3. Virginia
  4. Illinois
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Texas
  7. North Carolina
  8. Alabama
  9. Minnesota
  10. Georgia

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:

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How we determined the best states to be a chemist

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

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:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

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.

1. Michigan

Best States For Chemists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,920
Average Annual Salary: $81,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,320
Average Experienced Salary: $128,920
Location Quotient: 1.12

2. Maryland

Best States For Chemists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,240
Average Annual Salary: $108,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $61,470
Average Experienced Salary: $158,870
Location Quotient: 1.99

3. Virginia

Best States For Chemists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,540
Average Annual Salary: $99,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,400
Average Experienced Salary: $159,900
Location Quotient: 0.67

4. Illinois

Best States For Chemists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,380
Average Annual Salary: $81,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,140
Average Experienced Salary: $132,550
Location Quotient: 0.93

5. Oklahoma

Best States For Chemists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 460
Average Annual Salary: $80,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,500
Average Experienced Salary: $134,370
Location Quotient: 0.47

6. Texas

Best States For Chemists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,400
Average Annual Salary: $76,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,550
Average Experienced Salary: $124,420
Location Quotient: 0.88

7. North Carolina

Best States For Chemists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,720
Average Annual Salary: $74,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,870
Average Experienced Salary: $118,710
Location Quotient: 1.43

8. Alabama

Best States For Chemists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 650
Average Annual Salary: $81,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,330
Average Experienced Salary: $128,130
Location Quotient: 0.55

9. Minnesota

Best States For Chemists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,680
Average Annual Salary: $79,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,330
Average Experienced Salary: $125,910
Location Quotient: 0.97

10. Georgia

Best States For Chemists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,310
Average Annual Salary: $82,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,270
Average Experienced Salary: $124,910
Location Quotient: 0.5

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Chemist

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:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Maine
  3. New Hampshire

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For chemists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Michigan $81,770 $45,320 2,920
2 Maryland $108,600 $61,470 3,240
3 Virginia $99,470 $52,400 1,540
4 Illinois $81,500 $43,140 3,380
5 Oklahoma $80,770 $45,500 460
6 Texas $76,280 $40,550 6,400
7 North Carolina $74,100 $40,870 3,720
8 Alabama $81,250 $46,330 650
9 Minnesota $79,800 $44,330 1,680
10 Georgia $82,550 $43,270 1,310
11 Ohio $73,630 $40,350 4,110
12 Idaho $79,300 $37,450 320
13 Missouri $69,900 $42,440 1,880
14 New Mexico $87,270 $38,770 300
15 Kansas $72,900 $39,190 490
16 Nebraska $70,300 $37,080 620
17 Connecticut $94,800 $52,740 1,470
18 Utah $69,630 $41,710 880
19 New Jersey $87,490 $51,640 6,410
20 Colorado $80,170 $38,640 1,870
21 Pennsylvania $72,310 $41,370 5,250
22 Tennessee $70,680 $32,580 1,140
23 Arkansas $74,040 $33,940 370
24 Indiana $65,450 $36,050 2,280
25 Iowa $70,540 $42,610 380
26 Kentucky $65,610 $40,200 920
27 Wisconsin $68,200 $39,570 2,580
28 Washington $80,920 $40,090 1,590
29 South Carolina $75,160 $39,940 1,100
30 Arizona $76,200 $41,260 570
31 North Dakota $76,430 $42,510 130
32 West Virginia $73,330 $34,210 210
33 Nevada $77,930 $45,720 250
34 Massachusetts $90,280 $44,750 2,860
35 Montana $70,260 $39,070 160
36 California $88,120 $42,810 11,660
37 Louisiana $68,510 $35,100 750
38 Rhode Island $82,160 $45,510 190
39 Alaska $82,380 $54,740 130
40 Vermont $77,750 $44,390 170
41 Wyoming $58,350 $36,310 110
42 New York $83,530 $45,800 4,170
43 Florida $63,510 $36,670 2,370
44 South Dakota $58,710 $40,840 150
45 Oregon $68,460 $40,660 660
46 New Hampshire $63,550 $31,290 270
47 Maine $62,840 $42,850 140
48 Hawaii $65,630 $42,250 120
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