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Highest Paying Industries for Chemists and Materials Scientists

The top 100 highest paying industries for chemists and materials scientists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $113,610, waste collection is the highest paying industry for chemists and materials scientists. It is followed by petroleum and petroleum products merchant wholesalers industry (average annual salary $108,790). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of chemists and materials scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Chemists and Materials Scientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Waste Collection
$113,610
30
2 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$108,790
50
3 Federal government, including USPS
$103,630
5,560
4 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$103,630
5,550
5 Other Support Services
$102,500
50
6 Natural Gas Distribution
$98,520
30
7 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$91,410
n/a
8 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$90,440
130
9 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$90,320
n/a
10 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$90,310
n/a
11 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$90,100
2,570
12 Oil and Gas Extraction
$89,350
140
13 Support Activities for Mining
$89,270
110
14 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$89,200
80
15 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$88,890
100
16 Coal Mining
$88,770
n/a
17 Metal Ore Mining
$87,640
60
18 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$87,080
110
19 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$86,940
3,220
20 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$86,720
n/a
21 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$86,650
18,180
22 Scientific Research and Development Services
$86,640
18,200
23 Mining
$86,080
370
24 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$85,580
190
25 Utilities
$84,860
780
26 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$84,820
720
27 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$84,670
100
28 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$84,600
10,310
29 Federal, State, and Local Government
$84,600
10,310
30 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$84,470
130
31 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$83,920
220
32 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$83,810
460
33 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$83,600
70
34 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$83,580
480
35 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$83,380
180
36 Engineering Services
$83,040
970
37 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$82,610
60
38 Machinery Manufacturing
$81,980
470
39 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$81,680
590
40 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$80,930
630
41 Paper Manufacturing
$79,730
290
42 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$79,700
1,590
43 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$79,460
30
44 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$79,300
140
45 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$78,650
780
46 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$77,800
1,330
47 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$77,740
70
48 Hospitals - Privately owned
$77,710
110
49 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$76,810
370
50 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$76,660
850
51 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$76,180
80
52 Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
$76,130
90
53 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$75,910
2,130
54 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$75,820
13,720
55 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$75,540
29,550
56 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$74,720
100
57 Manufacturing
$74,490
35,910
58 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$74,370
n/a
59 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$74,250
170
60 Chemical Manufacturing
$74,120
28,300
61 Printing and Related Support Activities
$73,530
40
62 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$73,400
190
63 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$73,280
200
64 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$73,230
14,810
65 Tobacco Manufacturing
$73,030
120
66 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$72,450
360
67 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$72,010
40
68 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$71,960
4,870
69 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$71,640
1,240
70 Other Food Manufacturing
$71,200
190
71 Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$71,010
n/a
72 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$70,490
40
73 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$70,440
160
74 Wholesale Trade
$70,420
2,740
75 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$69,760
270
76 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$69,740
2,170
77 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$69,610
40
78 Textile Mills
$69,600
170
79 Administrative and Support Services
$69,030
4,040
80 Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$68,830
110
81 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$68,460
2,200
82 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$68,330
70
83 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$68,180
930
84 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$67,640
4,690
85 Temporary Help Services
$67,090
3,220
86 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$66,770
240
87 Employment Services
$66,390
3,480
88 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$66,250
1,060
89 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$66,140
80
90 Health Care and Social Assistance
$65,890
870
91 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$65,860
610
92 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$65,490
230
93 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$65,320
150
94 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$65,160
2,660
95 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$65,120
570
96 Food Manufacturing
$64,850
510
97 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$64,650
n/a
98 Dairy Product Manufacturing
$64,420
60
99 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$63,210
50
100 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,660
120