Average Chemist Scientist Salary
$66,000 yearly
$32.06 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$47,000
10 %
$66,000
Median
$94,000
90 %
What Is The Average Chemist Scientist Salary?
The average chemist scientist salary is $66,695 per year, or $32.06 per hour, in the United States. In terms of salary range, an entry level chemist scientist salary is roughly $47,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $94,000. If you like following the crowd, manufacturing and health care companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out energy, health care, and pharmaceutical companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Virginia, Delaware, Vermont, New Mexico, and Minnesota provide the highest chemist scientist salaries.

Average Chemist Scientist Salary By State

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

Average Salary

Chemist Scientist average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$57,287
$27.54
Alaska
$60,029
$28.86
Arizona
$65,975
$31.72
Arkansas
$57,443
$27.62
California
$75,341
$36.22
Colorado
$63,929
$30.74
Connecticut
$61,892
$29.76
Delaware
$88,504
$42.55
District of Columbia
$92,901
$44.66
Florida
$43,965
$21.14
Georgia
$66,586
$32.01
Hawaii
$45,330
$21.79
Idaho
$49,047
$23.58
Illinois
$61,939
$29.78
Indiana
$63,718
$30.63
Iowa
$64,221
$30.88
Kansas
$66,092
$31.77
Kentucky
$68,650
$33.00
Louisiana
$64,194
$30.86
Maine
$47,703
$22.93
Maryland
$75,495
$36.30
Massachusetts
$71,672
$34.46
Michigan
$72,419
$34.82
Minnesota
$75,511
$36.30
Mississippi
$58,805
$28.27
Missouri
$69,451
$33.39
Montana
$63,109
$30.34
Nebraska
$61,335
$29.49
Nevada
$50,405
$24.23
New Hampshire
$73,458
$35.32
New Jersey
$74,639
$35.88
New Mexico
$79,742
$38.34
New York
$69,993
$33.65
North Carolina
$56,852
$27.33
North Dakota
$62,139
$29.87
Ohio
$65,813
$31.64
Oklahoma
$56,050
$26.95
Oregon
$64,223
$30.88
Pennsylvania
$60,868
$29.26
Rhode Island
$70,528
$33.91
South Carolina
$62,753
$30.17
South Dakota
$64,519
$31.02
Tennessee
$63,752
$30.65
Texas
$73,803
$35.48
Utah
$69,150
$33.25
Vermont
$80,916
$38.90
Virginia
$93,728
$45.06
Washington
$62,611
$30.10
West Virginia
$57,891
$27.83
Wisconsin
$58,776
$28.26
Wyoming
$57,949
$27.86

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Highest Paying Cities For Chemist Scientist

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Berkeley, CA
$79,992
$38.46
Baltimore, MD
$75,622
$36.36
Arlington, TX
$75,261
$36.18
Cambridge, MA
$71,509
$34.38
Corvallis, OR
$64,704
$31.11
West Chicago, IL
$62,018
$29.82

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Average Chemist Scientist Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $66,700
    $32.06
    +2.8%
    2020
    $64,800
    $31.17
    +1.3%
    2019
    $64,000
    $30.75
    +3.4%
    2018
    $61,800
    $29.72
    -3.1%
    2017
    $63,700
    $30.64
    +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.
    35,057 Laboratory Analyst Jobs
    Quality Control

    Avg. salary: $28,728

    As the name entails, the job of a quality control inspector is to inspect, maintain, and improve the quality and standard of products. They are responsible for ensuring the company's reputation is not damaged due to defective products or inferior manufacturing processes. This can be done by detecting and resolving the problem early on, and returning the product for repair. A quality control inspector should also notify the supervisors immediately when issues arise and coordinate with them to address the problem.
    56,834 Quality Control 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.
    10,845 Microbiologist Jobs
    Research And Development Chemist

    Avg. salary: $71,304

    A research and development chemist primarily works at laboratories to conduct extensive tests and experiments aiming to develop new products and technologies. Although the extent of their duties may vary, it typically revolves around conducting research and studies, observing chemical reactions, maintaining records and databases, collaborating with fellow experts, and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of existing components or mixtures. They can find employment in different areas, such as manufacturing companies, private laboratories, government agencies, and even education.
    71,593 Research And Development Chemist Jobs
    Quality Control Chemist

    Avg. salary: $54,416

    A Quality Control Chemist uses chemistry lab skills to test and measure materials, usually in a manufacturing or pharmaceutical field. They analyze samples using scientific equipment, prepare study protocols, collect data, and identify and investigate abnormal test results.
    62,632 Quality Control Chemist Jobs
    Analytical Chemist

    Avg. salary: $59,356

    An Analytical Chemist uses a wide range of methods to investigate the chemical nature of substances. They analyze samples using different software, techniques, and equipment, and then interpret and report the results.
    10,479 Analytical Chemist Jobs

    Chemist Scientist Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a chemist scientist 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
    $54,800
    $26.34
    Mid Level
    $67,400
    $32.41
    Senior Level
    $80,000
    $38.47

    Which Companies Pay Chemist Scientists The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a chemist scientist, being employed by a company such as Halliburton or Masonite International would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Thermo Fisher Scientific and UCB also report highly competitive salaries for chemist scientists.
    Company
    LogoRankCompanyAverage Chemist Scientist SalaryChemist Scientist Salary Range
    1Halliburton
    4.8
    $93,650
    $47k
    $103k
    2Masonite International
    4.6
    $79,151
    $47k
    $103k
    3Thermo Fisher Scientific
    4.7
    $70,211
    $47k
    $103k
    4UCB
    4.8
    $69,313
    $47k
    $103k
    5Hospira
    4.8
    $68,956
    $47k
    $103k
    6Framatome Usa
    3.7
    $68,278
    $47k
    $103k

    Recently Added Chemist Scientist Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Tergus Pharma LLC
    Scientist I Pharmaceutical Sciences/Chemist
    Scientist I Pharmaceutical Sciences/Chemist
    Durham, NC
    04/11/2020
    $55,182
    04/11/2020
    Chemist Scientist
    Alamosa, CO
    01/24/2020
    $42,000
    01/24/2020
    Polymer Scientist-Chemist
    West Chicago, IL
    03/21/2019
    $94,952
    03/21/2019
    Polymer Scientist-Chemist
    West Chicago, IL
    03/14/2019
    $92,186
    03/14/2019
    Chemist Faculty Scientist
    Berkeley, CA
    02/15/2018
    $100,823
    02/15/2018
    Frontage Laboratories, Inc.
    Chemist/Scientist
    Chemist/Scientist
    Exton, PA
    01/24/2018
    $62,560
    01/24/2018
    Radiochemist Scientist 1
    Houston, TX
    07/02/2017
    $90,000
    07/02/2017
    Chemist Faculty Scientist
    Berkeley, CA
    01/17/2017
    $100,823
    01/17/2017
    Chemist Faculty Scientist/Engineer
    Berkeley, CA
    05/06/2015
    $294,267
    05/06/2015
    Shoei Electronic Materials, Inc.
    Chemist/Scientist
    Chemist/Scientist
    Corvallis, OR
    03/18/2015
    $72,000
    03/18/2015

    Average Chemist Scientist Salary by Demographic

    Chemist Scientist Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $53,469
    female-income
    Female Income
    $50,972
    Median Chemist Scientist Income by Race
    Black or african american chemist scientists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown chemist scientists have the lowest average salary at $49,992.
    $54,000
    $53,000
    $52,000
    $51,000
    $50,000
    $49,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$49,992
    White$52,155
    Black or African American$53,799
    Asian$51,713
    Hispanic or Latino$53,443
    Average Chemist Scientist Salary by Education Level
    Chemist scientists with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $74,621 annually. With a Masters degree, chemist scientists earn a median annual income of $62,798 compared to $53,469 for chemist scientists with an Bachelors degree.
    $79,000
    $74,000
    $69,000
    $64,000
    $59,000
    $54,000
    $49,000
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$62,798
    Bachelor's Degree$53,469
    Doctorate Degree$74,621