Research Chemist Statistics in the US

The average employee age for research chemists is 41 years. The research chemist workforce reached a whopping 62,309 in 2020!

Among research chemists, we discovered that 30.1% of them are women, while 60.9% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among research chemists is White, which makes up 59.5% of all research chemists. Comparatively, there are 24.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Research chemists are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, research chemists are more likely to find a job in the manufacturing industry.

From where do we know all information about research chemist demographics? We analyzed 2,248 research chemists resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Research Chemist Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as research chemists. Keep reading to find out what the results for research chemists were.

Research Chemist Gender Ratio

Among research chemists, 30.1% of them are women compared to 60.9% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 60.9%
  • Female, 30.1%
  • Unknown, 9.0%

Research Chemist Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among research chemists is White, which makes up 59.5% of all research chemists. Comparatively, there are 24.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 59.5%
  • Asian, 24.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.6%
  • Black or African American, 6.2%
  • Unknown, 2.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.4%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Research Chemists

The chart below shows that 24.4% of research chemists speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Chinese at 12.8% and Japanese is the third-most popular at 10.5%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 24.4%
  • Chinese, 12.8%
  • Japanese, 10.5%
  • French, 9.3%
  • Russian, 8.1%
  • Other, 34.9%

Research Chemist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among research chemists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Research Chemist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the research chemist position over time.


Research Chemist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of research chemists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of research chemists based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Research Chemist

By looking over 2,248 research chemists resumes, we figured out that the average research chemist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 36%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Research Chemist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of research chemist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of research chemists is 40+ years old, which represents 49% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Research Chemists with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, consulting petroleum geologist and polymer specialist have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Research Chemist61%30%
Remote Sensing Engineer83%12%
Polymer Specialist84%14%
Consulting Petroleum Geologist85%12%
Consulting Petroleum Geologist
Polymer Specialist
Remote Sensing Engineer
Research Chemist

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Research Chemists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to research chemists.

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Job Titleascdesc
Research Chemist7.15%
Cell Technician11.26%
Hydrometeorological Technician15.19%
Remote Sensing Scientist15.70%
Park Manager17.71%
Senior Geologist18.51%
Field Researcher31.58%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Research Chemist?

Male Income
Female Income

Research Chemist Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Black or African American men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Research Chemist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Bachelor's Degree$73,330
Master's Degree$87,791
Doctorate Degree$106,485

Research Chemist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Research Chemist Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a research chemist can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of research chemists is $83,351. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Research Chemists Earn The Most?

The map here shows where research chemists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Research Chemists Located?

By looking through more than 2,248 resumes, we found that the most popular places for research chemists are TX, Houston and MD, Gaithersburg.

Number of Research Chemists

Where Are Research Chemists In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country research chemists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Research Chemist Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ research chemists. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most research chemists is the manufacturing industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire research chemists.

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< 50 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Research Chemist Work In

Employees with the research chemist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most research chemists prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ research chemists. Those industries include manufacturing, pharmaceutical and education.

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