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Highest Paying States for Chemists

The highest paying states 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 of chemists in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $123,220, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for chemists. It is followed by Maryland (average annual salary $112,020). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of chemists in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Chemists

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$123,220
$74,550 260
2 Maryland
$112,020
$64,660 3,300
3 Virginia
$93,300
$52,070 1,440
4 New Mexico
$91,770
$41,610 270
5 Delaware
$90,310
$62,140 3,380
6 Connecticut
$87,150
$54,120 1,270
7 Massachusetts
$87,140
$48,440 2,770
8 Georgia
$84,610
$45,930 1,160
9 North Dakota
$82,540
$50,950 110
10 New Jersey
$82,300
$52,580 7,110
11 Rhode Island
$81,300
$46,050 180
12 California
$79,520
$44,040 10,550
13 Minnesota
$78,980
$47,280 1,680
14 Nebraska
$78,020
$43,640 370
15 Alaska
$77,960
$53,530 120
16 Colorado
$77,590
$39,750 1,560
17 New York
$76,510
$47,410 3,780
18 Washington
$76,000
$41,760 1,860
19 Alabama
$73,980
$42,700 530
20 New Hampshire
$73,820
$45,220 200
21 Arkansas
$72,340
$34,060 360
22 North Carolina
$72,320
$41,530 4,080
23 Oklahoma
$71,800
$43,960 440
24 Kansas
$71,160
$40,520 530
25 Michigan
$70,680
$41,190 2,950
26 Pennsylvania
$69,700
$42,780 5,280
27 Ohio
$69,670
$41,700 3,990
28 Idaho
$69,590
$38,010 270
29 Oregon
$69,050
$46,470 780
30 Texas
$68,840
$41,550 5,600
31 Mississippi
$68,840
$42,290 240
32 Illinois
$68,250
$42,190 2,900
33 Hawaii
$67,800
$46,370 120
34 Arizona
$66,920
$41,770 560
35 Nevada
$66,200
$43,990 270
36 Utah
$65,450
$41,780 780
37 Missouri
$64,550
$42,280 2,050
38 Louisiana
$64,420
$35,990 780
39 Tennessee
$63,800
$32,400 1,080
40 Vermont
$62,990
$47,420 150
41 Wisconsin
$62,880
$39,650 2,520
42 Iowa
$62,580
$42,620 310
43 Kentucky
$61,930
$40,350 660
44 South Carolina
$61,690
$38,500 1,330
45 Wyoming
$60,920
$41,570 100
46 Indiana
$60,560
$37,450 2,520
47 Florida
$60,010
$36,480 2,350
48 Maine
$59,210
$42,560 190
49 South Dakota
$58,480
$41,060 130
50 West Virginia
$56,140
$40,860 490
51 Puerto Rico
$55,850
$31,820 1,090
52 Montana
$47,470
$31,470 220
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