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How Much Does a Research And Development Chemist Earn In The United States?

Research And Development Chemist Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$70,000
$53,000
$70,000
$92,000
The average research and development chemist makes about $70,513 per year. That's $33.9 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $53,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $92,000. Many of research and development chemists seem to be drawn to manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case research and development chemists tend to work at manufacturing, retail, and finance companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Delaware, Virginia and Vermont pay research and development chemists the highest salaries.
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Where Research And Development Chemists Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where research and development chemists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Research And Development Chemists Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Delaware, Virginia and Vermont, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for research and development chemists. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Oklahoma, Arizona, and Hawaii.
Location
City
Average Salary

Dallas, TX

Salary Range64k - 105k$83k$82,672

Danvers, MA

Salary Range66k - 98k$81k$80,603

Englewood, NJ

Salary Range64k - 96k$79k$79,052

Florence, KY

Salary Range58k - 88k$72k$72,018

Columbus, OH

Salary Range56k - 84k$69k$69,115

Eugene, OR

Salary Range56k - 83k$69k$68,803

Hayward, CA

Salary Range54k - 85k$68k$68,357

Central Islip, NY

Salary Range54k - 82k$67k$67,241

Oak Ridge, TN

Salary Range53k - 82k$66k$66,220

Bethlehem, PA

Salary Range53k - 80k$66k$65,835
$47k
$105k

High Paying Research And Development Chemist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Research And Development Chemists The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like The Dow Chemical Company and Celanese as they offer the highest salaries for research and development chemists.
Company
Company
Average Salary
The Dow Chemical Company
Salary Range94k - 110k$102k$102,214
Celanese
Salary Range92k - 110k$101k$101,315
Halliburton
Salary Range80k - 112k$95k$94,962
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Salary Range79k - 109k$94k$93,593
Air Liquide
Salary Range88k - 99k$94k$93,545
Momentive Performance Materials
Salary Range87k - 98k$93k$92,873
LyondellBasell
Salary Range86k - 97k$92k$91,986
W. R. Grace and Company
Salary Range86k - 97k$92k$91,941
Jabil
Salary Range79k - 104k$91k$91,471
Mission Pharmacal Company
Salary Range83k - 99k$91k$91,454
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$112k

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Research And Development Chemist Salary History

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    How Much Do Research And Development Chemists Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, research and development chemist salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that manufacturing, retail, and finance companies tend to offer much higher salaries for research and development chemists. For example, research and development chemists make a whopping average salary of $84,216 while working for manufacturing companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $76,620 at retail companies and $70,197 at finance companies. But research and development chemists may want to avoid working in the pharmaceutical industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $68,398.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range74k - 95k$84k$84,216

    Retail

    Salary Range67k - 86k$77k$76,620

    Finance

    Salary Range61k - 80k$70k$70,197

    Pharmaceutical

    Salary Range55k - 84k$68k$68,398
    $55k
    $95k

    How Experience Affects Research And Development Chemist Salaries

    The salary for a research and development 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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