Salary for Chemists

Also known as:  Agricultural Chemist, Analytical Chemist, Bench Chemist, Food Chemist, Formulary Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Inorganic Chemist, Laboratory Chemist, Nuclear Chemist, Organic Chemist

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Chemists study the processes and changes which organic and inroganic compounds undergo when exposed to heat, light, energy or chemical catalysts. In industry, these professionals apply their knowledge of chemical reactions to the production of new compounds which meet end-user requirements. These professionals may design and execute experiments regarding the behaviors of inorganic and organic comounds, and publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. They may also work with other scientists, engineers, and technical professionals to analyze and interpret the results and potential applications of experiments. A Bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for this occupation.

A Chemist receives an average compensation between 56000 to 84000 depending on education and experience. Chemists receive wages of Seventy Two Thousand One Hundred dollars per year.

Chemists are compensated at the highest average salary in the District of Columbia, where they can earn compensation, on average, of close to about $110810. Employees with these job titles receive the highest pay in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they can get salary pay of $100660.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 17.74 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Chemists tend to make the most in the following industries
Other Services (except Public Administration) $100,660
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $90,720
Public Administration $84,850
Finance and Insurance $79,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises $79,690
Utilities $78,820
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $53,460
Educational Services $59,980
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $63,120
Health Care and Social Assistance $64,810
Transportation and Warehousing $65,660
Information $66,380
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