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Chemist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$64,000
$47,000
$64,000
$88,000
Did you know that the average chemist makes $64,746 per year? That's valued at $31.13 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $47,000 and $88,000, meaning chemists have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most chemists find a job with government and professional companies, while others work for health care, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Rhode Island, Delaware and Maine are the top states in the U.S. to pay chemists the highest salaries.
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Map of Chemist Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Chemists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Chemist Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a chemist is roughly $64,746 per year, which boils down to $31.13 per hour. Interestingly enough, chemists have the highest salaries in Wilmington, DE at about $90,085 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Wilmington, DE is $61,000. Additionally, chemists make more than the average salary in Baltimore, MD, Cambridge, MA, Piscataway, NJ, South San Francisco, CA, and The Woodlands, TX. On a more broad level, chemist salaries are highest in Rhode Island, Delaware, Maine, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. On the contrary, Utah, Nevada, and Florida offer the lowest chemist salaries.

City
Average Salary
Wilmington, DE
Wilmington, DE
$90,085
$90k
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$81,786
$82k
Cambridge, MA
Cambridge, MA
$78,218
$78k
Piscataway, NJ
Piscataway, NJ
$75,628
$76k
South San Francisco, CA
South San Francisco, CA
$71,651
$72k
The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands, TX
$70,130
$70k
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA
$67,935
$68k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$66,360
$66k
Detroit, MI
Detroit, MI
$63,936
$64k
Levittown, PA
Levittown, PA
$62,576
$63k

High Paying Chemist Jobs

Average Chemist Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a chemist, working for Chevron or Exxon Mobil might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like General Electric and Shell report highly competitive salaries for chemists.

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Chemist Salary History

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    Chemist Salary By Experience Level

    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.

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    $37,128
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    $31,305
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    $41,740
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    10/28/2020
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    $35,479
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    10/28/2020
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    10/28/2020
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    $47,918
    $47,918
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    $74,504
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    Evanston, IL
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    $58,436
    $58,436
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    Pomona, CA
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    $76,176
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