Updated August 18, 2021
Average Chemist Salary
$60,000 yearly
$29.03 hourly

Entry level Salary
$45,000 yearly
$45,000
10 %
$60,000
Median
$80,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$80,000
$6,667
$38
75th Percentile
$70,000
$5,833
$34
Average
$60,377
$5,031
$29
25th Percentile
$51,000
$4,250
$25
10th Percentile
$45,000
$3,750
$22

Average Chemist Salary By State

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Chemist average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$57,881
$27.83
Alaska
$60,098
$28.89
Arizona
$58,063
$27.91
Arkansas
$51,444
$24.73
California
$60,843
$29.25
Colorado
$61,954
$29.79
Connecticut
$71,953
$34.59
Delaware
$89,145
$42.86
District of Columbia
$88,996
$42.79
Florida
$49,943
$24.01
Georgia
$63,421
$30.49
Hawaii
$54,595
$26.25
Idaho
$42,143
$20.26
Illinois
$52,450
$25.22
Indiana
$56,661
$27.24
Iowa
$58,207
$27.98
Kansas
$57,872
$27.82
Kentucky
$54,121
$26.02
Louisiana
$66,697
$32.07
Maine
$45,862
$22.05
Maryland
$74,621
$35.88
Massachusetts
$75,560
$36.33
Michigan
$61,076
$29.36
Minnesota
$63,155
$30.36
Mississippi
$54,018
$25.97
Missouri
$50,113
$24.09
Montana
$52,987
$25.47
Nebraska
$52,989
$25.48
Nevada
$45,583
$21.91
New Hampshire
$70,137
$33.72
New Jersey
$71,858
$34.55
New Mexico
$72,569
$34.89
New York
$64,522
$31.02
North Carolina
$55,965
$26.91
North Dakota
$53,191
$25.57
Ohio
$57,951
$27.86
Oklahoma
$50,033
$24.05
Oregon
$58,041
$27.90
Pennsylvania
$60,153
$28.92
Rhode Island
$66,339
$31.89
South Carolina
$55,115
$26.50
South Dakota
$55,333
$26.60
Tennessee
$62,832
$30.21
Texas
$63,901
$30.72
Utah
$51,681
$24.85
Vermont
$77,075
$37.06
Virginia
$81,658
$39.26
Washington
$74,053
$35.60
West Virginia
$54,443
$26.17
Wisconsin
$58,207
$27.98
Wyoming
$49,849
$23.97

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Highest Paying Cities For Chemist

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Wilmington, DE
$89,360
$42.96
Cambridge, MA
$75,485
$36.29
Salisbury, MD
$74,988
$36.05
Edison, NJ
$71,904
$34.57
New York, NY
$64,642
$31.08
The Woodlands, TX
$64,066
$30.80

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How much does a Chemist make?

  • The average chemist makes $60,377 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a chemist is $29.03.
  • The average entry-level chemist salary is $45,000.
  • Highest paying states for chemist are Delaware ($89,145), Virginia ($81,658), Vermont ($89,145) and Massachusetts ($89,145).
  • Highest paying cities for chemist are Wilmington, DE ($89,360), Cambridge, MA, Salisbury, MD, Edison, NJ and New York, NY.
  • Chemists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $45,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $80,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $70,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $51,000
  • Industries with the highest chemist salaries are manufacturing, health care and pharmaceutical.

Average Chemist Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $60,400
    $29.03
    +2.8%
    2020
    $58,700
    $28.22
    +1.3%
    2019
    $57,900
    $27.84
    +3.4%
    2018
    $56,000
    $26.90
    -3.1%
    2017
    $57,700
    $27.74
    +1.5%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Laboratory Analyst

    Avg. salary: $47,557

    A Laboratory Analyst helps conduct experiments, run laboratory tests, and analyze results. They compile and record data for the documentation needed for testing and report preparation.
    48,588 Laboratory Analyst Jobs
    Quality Control Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $51,601

    A quality control coordinator is in charge of organizing and overseeing an organization's quality control procedures, ensuring efficiency and smooth workflow. They coordinate teams and activities, delegate tasks, conduct audits, set goals, establish guidelines, gather and analyze client feedback, and develop strategies to optimize operations. They must also conduct inspections to ensure the facility's compliance with state laws and standards. Furthermore, a quality control coordinator must monitor the progress of all operations, resolving issues promptly and efficiently while adhering to the company's policies and regulations.
    85,288 Quality Control Coordinator Jobs
    Research Fellow

    Avg. salary: $49,120

    A research fellow is an academic researcher who conducts research and analysis of comprehensive literature, data, and results and provides literature reviews. He/She supervises research assistants and recruits study participants to interview them for a particular study. To become a research fellow, a candidate should have a doctorate in a relevant discipline and publish peer-reviewed papers. Also, a research fellow can be an independent investigator or be supervised by a principal investigator.
    54,983 Research Fellow Jobs
    Quality Control Analyst

    Avg. salary: $62,045

    Quality assurance representatives are professionals who are responsible for ensuring the quality of units produced or manufactured is following the standards set by the industry. These representatives supervise the entire production process to identify erroneous methods or tools being used by workers and observing produced for visible defects. They are required to perform various tests to check for the durability of the product and other desirable characteristics. Quality assurance representatives must also collaborate with the manufacturing engineer to implement quality control programs and preparing training manuals and quality guidelines.
    75,061 Quality Control Analyst Jobs
    Microbiologist

    Avg. salary: $58,817

    Microbiologists are responsible for studying the microscopic organisms causing infections and environmental damage, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Their work focuses on the identification and growth of these microbes to better understand their characteristics that may help in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious and bacterial diseases. They use sophisticated technologies and machinery to study microbes and perform their tasks. These scientists are also responsible for developing best practices and techniques for routine sampling and research. Microbiologists may work in various settings, including laboratories, research institutes, and hospitals.
    11,072 Microbiologist Jobs
    Research And Development Scientist

    Avg. salary: $84,493

    A research and development scientist specializes in conducting scientific studies and experiments to develop new products and technologies. They usually work at laboratories where they are in charge of conducting research and assessments, coming up with new ideas, performing tests, streamlining product requirements and guidelines, collaborating with fellow experts, utilizing previous studies and advanced software, and maintaining records of all procedures. Additionally, as a research and development scientist, it is essential to conduct reviews and assessments to ensure products adhere to safety standards and regulations.
    113,712 Research And Development Scientist Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Laboratory Analyst
    $47,558
    $3,963
    $22.86
    48,588
    Quality Control Coordinator
    $51,601
    $4,300
    $24.81
    85,288
    Research Fellow
    $49,120
    $4,093
    $23.62
    54,983
    Quality Control Analyst
    $62,045
    $5,170
    $29.83
    75,061
    Microbiologist
    $58,817
    $4,901
    $28.28
    11,072
    Research And Development Scientist
    $84,494
    $7,041
    $40.62
    113,712
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    Chemist Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a chemist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $49,600
    $23.84
    Mid Level
    $61,000
    $29.34
    Senior Level
    $72,400
    $34.83

    Which Companies Pay Chemists The Most?

    To earn a high income as a chemist, working for Exxon Mobil or Chevron might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Marathon Petroleum and Baker Hughes, a GE company report highly competitive wages for chemists.
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    Average Chemist Salary by Demographic

    Chemist Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $57,728
    female-income
    Female Income
    $54,889
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$57,728
    Female$54,889
    Median Chemist Income by Race
    Black or african american chemists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American chemists have the lowest average salary at $53,776.
    $60,000
    $48,000
    $36,000
    $24,000
    $12,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$56,233
    Black or African American$58,104
    Asian$55,731
    Hispanic or Latino$57,699
    Average Chemist Salary by Education Level
    Chemists with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $82,044 annually. With a Masters degree, chemists earn a median annual income of $68,398 compared to $57,728 for chemists with an Bachelors degree.
    $85,000
    $68,000
    $51,000
    $34,000
    $17,000
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    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$68,398
    Bachelor's Degree$57,728
    Doctorate Degree$82,044