The estimated total pay for a Chemist is $74,191 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $66,688 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $7,503 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.
How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $58K-$96K/yr?
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For a Chemist in United States
Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Chemist in United States. Employers include Genentech, Applied Materials and Shell.
For Chemist in United States
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|Aerotek Chemist salaries - 120 salaries reported||$62,408/yr|
|Eurofins Scientific Chemist salaries - 111 salaries reported||$29/hr|
|Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. Chemist salaries - 87 salaries reported||$64,534/yr|
|L'Oréal Chemist salaries - 68 salaries reported||$72,313/yr|
|Sherwin-Williams Chemist salaries - 63 salaries reported||$63,137/yr|
|SGS Chemist salaries - 62 salaries reported||$29/hr|
|Clean Harbors Chemist salaries - 62 salaries reported||$29/hr|
|U.S. Food and Drug Administration Chemist salaries - 60 salaries reported||$72,263/yr|
|PPG Chemist salaries - 56 salaries reported||$64,760/yr|
|Intertek Chemist salaries - 55 salaries reported||$28/hr|
|Pharmaceutics International Chemist salaries - 51 salaries reported||$70,583/yr|
|ATL Chemist salaries - 51 salaries reported||$31/hr|
|Ecolab Chemist salaries - 42 salaries reported||$69,053/yr|
|Johnson Matthey Chemist salaries - 41 salaries reported||$67,772/yr|
|Mylan Inc Chemist salaries - 34 salaries reported||$68,823/yr|
|BASF Chemist salaries - 33 salaries reported||$75,249/yr|
|Thermo Fisher Scientific Chemist salaries - 33 salaries reported||$67,346/yr|
|Bio-Pharm Chemist salaries - 31 salaries reported||$73,573/yr|
|Mérieux NutriSciences Chemist salaries - 31 salaries reported||$28/hr|
|Abbott Chemist salaries - 30 salaries reported||$78,474/yr|
For a Chemist in United States
The top 5 paying industries for a Chemist in United States are Energy, Mining & Utilities with a median total pay of $81,903, Financial Services with a median total pay of $78,795, Information Technology with a median total pay of $72,448, Retail & Wholesale with a median total pay of $71,162, and Manufacturing with a median total pay of $70,299.
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What is the pay outlook for Research & Science?
Research and science jobs offer pay well above the national average. Increased demand for STEM workers is increasing salaries in research and science. Jobs in these fields, however, often require higher education at the graduate level and/or specialized training. While domain-specific expertise gives workers in these fields access to very specialized jobs, there are also many employers who hire STEM workers for their general data and technology skills.
The average salary for a Chemist is $74,191 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 8422 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Chemist employees in United States.
The highest salary for a Chemist in United States is $96,204 per year.
The lowest salary for a Chemist in United States is $57,521 per year.
If you are thinking of becoming a Chemist or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Chemist.
Chemists are generally paid salaries on par with those of other Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) researchers. Chemists can improve their earnings through promotion and securing new grants, which generally occur after repeated publication in top scientific and medical journals. The subfields of nanotechnology for medicinal and environmental safety are both growing especially quickly, so prospective chemists who develop expertise in these areas may command higher salaries than their peers in other specialties.
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Many factors influence salary, and five to seven years of experience, membership in a professional organization, and participation in research projects can qualify a chemist's annual earnings as good overall. According to Glassdoor ratings, 64% of chemists feel positively about their pay.
Salary as a chemist changes based on experience, membership in professional organizations, and attaining a master's or doctorate degree. Overall, chemist salary ranges between $45,766.22 and $121,114.30, with the average professional bringing home $66,687.79. After years working in the field, you can progress in your career as a principal chemist, a senior-level role that offers higher pay and potentially better benefits.
To earn more money from your chemist career, consider a master's or doctorate degree. While you can score jobs with a bachelor's degree, completing postgraduate education broadens your horizons and gives you diverse opportunities to teach, pursue research projects, and join research-oriented teams. Improve your most marketable skills, including procedures, analytical methods, lab equipment, handling test results, developing projects, and working with materials in addition to high-level chemistry knowledge. Demonstrate what you bring to the table through research projects and teaching; both look excellent on a resume and will score you higher earnings down the road. Joining a professional organization, such as the American Chemical Society, is another wise choice.
How do you negotiate a higher salary in your chemist job? By demonstrating your value. Whether you've received your first job offer or your 50th, chemists vary widely in their levels of knowledge, experience, and research. Having just one extra research opportunity, internship, or part-time role on your resume provides more negotiating power compared to similar candidates at the same level. If the organization has a budget for new hires, your extra experience could score you the raise. Negotiate in the 10-15% range, demonstrating with evidence why you deserve the extra money. Tackled a research project? Helped develop a successful product? Show off what you've accomplished to build your own case.