Chemist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Highest Paying City
Wilmington, DE
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Average Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a chemist make?
Chemists in the US make on average $64,746 annually or $31.13 hourly. If you are in the top 10 percent, you will make over $88,000; however, if you are in the bottom 10 percent, you will earn less than $47,000 per year. Most Chemist jobs are in Government companies and Professional companies. States with the highest Chemist salaries include Rhode Island, Delaware, Maine, Virginia, and Maryland. The typical tenure for a Chemist is 3.5 years.

Average Chemist Salary By Location

The national average salary for a Chemist in the United States is $64,746 per year or $31.13 per hour. The top city when it comes to Chemist salaries is Wilmington, DE at $90,085 per year. Even as an entry-level Chemist, you will make $61,000 per year in Wilmington, DE. Rhode Island, Delaware, Maine, Virginia, and Maryland are the top 5 highest earning states for Chemists. On the other hand, Utah, Nevada, Florida, South Dakota, and Hawaii report the lowest wages for Chemists.

Map of Chemist Salaries

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

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Average Chemist Salary By Company

Like every industry, there is a range of salaries a Chemist makes. Employers that have the highest concentration of job opportunities for Chemists are Government companies and Professional companies. Chevron and Exxon Mobil are the highest paying companies. Companies like General Electric and Shell also report very competitive wages for Chemists.

Chemist Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Chemist Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Chemist can range from $53,187 to $77,686 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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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