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Highest Paying Industries for Chemists

The top 100 highest paying industries for chemists (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. 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 in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Chemists

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 Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$103,380
5,510
4 Federal government, including USPS
$103,120
5,510
5 Other Support Services
$101,590
50
6 Natural Gas Distribution
$98,520
30
7 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$90,800
2,380
8 Oil and Gas Extraction
$89,350
140
9 Support Activities for Mining
$89,270
110
10 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$89,090
90
11 Coal Mining
$88,770
n/a
12 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$88,090
100
13 Metal Ore Mining
$86,990
40
14 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$86,340
2,830
15 Mining
$85,900
350
16 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$85,460
16,230
17 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$85,450
190
18 Scientific Research and Development Services
$85,440
16,240
19 Utilities
$85,250
770
20 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$85,230
710
21 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$84,190
10,260
22 Federal, State, and Local Government
$84,190
10,260
23 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$83,790
100
24 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$83,530
460
25 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$82,710
70
26 Engineering Services
$82,250
730
27 Machinery Manufacturing
$80,030
410
28 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$78,570
100
29 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$78,360
220
30 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$77,950
170
31 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$77,790
120
32 Hospitals - Privately owned
$77,710
110
33 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$77,700
110
34 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$76,590
850
35 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$76,340
40
36 Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
$76,130
90
37 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$76,060
13,260
38 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$75,900
70
39 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$75,820
190
40 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$75,490
330
41 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$75,300
50
42 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$75,140
70
43 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$74,720
100
44 Paper Manufacturing
$74,320
230
45 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$74,270
860
46 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$74,090
2,000
47 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$73,950
430
48 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$73,800
26,890
49 Printing and Related Support Activities
$73,530
40
50 Chemical Manufacturing
$73,350
27,030
51 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$73,150
180
52 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$73,130
14,480
53 Tobacco Manufacturing
$73,030
120
54 Manufacturing
$72,880
32,880
55 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$70,720
1,130
56 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$70,610
1,010
57 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$70,520
1,110
58 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$70,520
110
59 Other Food Manufacturing
$70,480
190
60 Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$70,350
100
61 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$70,250
30
62 Wholesale Trade
$69,720
2,560
63 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$69,460
2,120
64 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$69,350
4,400
65 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$69,110
100
66 Administrative and Support Services
$68,980
4,020
67 Textile Mills
$68,910
170
68 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$68,830
180
69 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$68,590
260
70 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$68,470
150
71 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$68,310
2,180
72 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$67,570
4,680
73 Temporary Help Services
$67,050
3,220
74 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$67,050
30
75 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$66,770
240
76 Employment Services
$66,350
3,470
77 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$66,140
80
78 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$66,130
1,050
79 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$65,970
n/a
80 Health Care and Social Assistance
$65,740
860
81 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$65,630
610
82 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$65,490
230
83 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$65,070
2,650
84 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$64,990
540
85 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$64,900
60
86 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$64,840
560
87 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$64,800
50
88 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$64,570
2,790
89 Food Manufacturing
$64,560
500
90 Dairy Product Manufacturing
$64,420
60
91 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$63,970
130
92 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$63,410
50
93 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$62,150
390
94 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$61,850
750
95 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$59,850
120
96 Hospitals - Local government owned
$59,850
120
97 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,240
650
98 Fabric Mills
$59,010
70
99 Grain and Oilseed Milling
$58,880
90
100 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$58,800
470
See also: Highest paying cities for chemists.