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Chemist salary in United States

How much does a Chemist make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $79,189
Low $56,085
High $111,810
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a chemist is $79,189 per year in the United States. 3.1k salaries reported, updated at September 19, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Chemists in United States

  1. MWIDM Inc.
    97 reviews66 salaries reported
    $93,899per year
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Highest paying cities for Chemists near United States

  1. Atlanta, GA
    $94,922 per year
    17 salaries reported
  2. Fremont, CA
    $89,380 per year
    18 salaries reported
  3. Research Triangle Park, NC
    $75,909 per year
    26 salaries reported
  1. St. Louis, MO
    $69,970 per year
    21 salaries reported
  2. Central Islip, NY
    $67,949 per year
    19 salaries reported
  3. Madison, WI
    $66,726 per year
    20 salaries reported
  1. Lenexa, KS
    $66,074 per year
    5 salaries reported
  2. Kansas City, MO
    $63,469 per year
    9 salaries reported
  3. Dayton, NJ
    $54,931 per year
    7 salaries reported
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Where can a Chemist earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Chemists

Most recommended skill

Industrial Laboratory Experience(earn +47.66% more)

The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 5.57% since 2018. Chemists with this skill earn +47.66% more than the average base salary, which is $79,189 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
2012438increase by 438
2013870increase by 98.63%
2014878increase by 0.92%
2015368decrease by 58.09%
2016821increase by 123.10%
2017446decrease by 45.68%
2018467increase by 4.71%
2019441decrease by 5.57%

Top companies hiring Chemists with the recommended skill

US Office of Naval Research
Granules India Limited
US Drug Enforcement Administration
Constellation Energy
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Top fields of study
Physical Science Degree

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

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Most common benefits for Chemists

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 271 ratings

54% of Chemists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


Job openings

Average $95,798 per year

Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Job openings

Average $44.13 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Chemist

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