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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 $119,800, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for chemists. It is followed by Maryland (average annual salary $108,070). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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
$119,800
$77,490 250
2 Maryland
$108,070
$61,470 3,240
3 Virginia
$95,080
$52,400 1,540
4 Delaware
$90,310
$62,140 3,380
5 Connecticut
$86,780
$52,740 1,470
6 Georgia
$82,250
$43,270 1,310
7 Massachusetts
$82,210
$44,750 2,860
8 California
$79,390
$42,810 11,660
9 Alaska
$79,030
$54,740 130
10 New Jersey
$78,980
$51,640 6,410
11 Rhode Island
$78,740
$45,510 190
12 Washington
$75,930
$40,090 1,590
13 Michigan
$75,780
$45,320 2,920
14 Alabama
$75,640
$46,330 650
15 Nevada
$75,120
$45,720 250
16 New York
$74,850
$45,800 4,170
17 Colorado
$74,830
$38,640 1,870
18 New Mexico
$74,620
$38,770 300
19 North Dakota
$74,530
$42,510 130
20 Oklahoma
$74,010
$45,500 460
21 Minnesota
$73,260
$44,330 1,680
22 Idaho
$73,000
$37,450 320
23 Illinois
$72,860
$43,140 3,380
24 Arkansas
$72,770
$33,940 370
25 Arizona
$71,490
$41,260 570
26 Ohio
$69,650
$40,350 4,110
27 West Virginia
$69,470
$34,210 210
28 Texas
$68,880
$40,550 6,400
29 North Carolina
$68,100
$40,870 3,720
30 Pennsylvania
$66,550
$41,370 5,250
31 South Carolina
$65,690
$39,940 1,100
32 Louisiana
$64,620
$35,100 750
33 Missouri
$64,440
$42,440 1,880
34 Iowa
$64,070
$42,610 380
35 Kansas
$63,960
$39,190 490
36 Utah
$63,690
$41,710 880
37 Oregon
$62,630
$40,660 660
38 Wisconsin
$62,590
$39,570 2,580
39 Hawaii
$62,530
$42,250 120
40 Kentucky
$62,300
$40,200 920
41 Nebraska
$62,120
$37,080 620
42 Mississippi
$61,100
$35,620 240
43 New Hampshire
$60,730
$31,290 270
44 Montana
$60,590
$39,070 160
45 Tennessee
$59,970
$32,580 1,140
46 Indiana
$59,860
$36,050 2,280
47 Maine
$59,390
$42,850 140
48 Vermont
$59,330
$44,390 170
49 Florida
$58,340
$36,670 2,370
50 South Dakota
$55,440
$40,840 150
51 Wyoming
$55,340
$36,310 110
52 Puerto Rico
$54,510
$31,050 1,160
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