Chemists Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of chemists in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare chemists salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Chemists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,420
25th Percentile Wage
$54,790
50th Percentile Wage
$73,090
75th Percentile Wage
$97,250
90th Percentile Wage
$124,990

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemists in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) chemists is $124,990. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $73,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid chemists is $43,420.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of chemists in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201673,0903.60%1.66%
201570,460-3.43%-
201472,8801.67%-
201371,660-0.31%-
201271,880--

Compare Chemists Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of chemists in 51 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for chemists occupations is the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry with an annual salary $108,330. The lowest paying industry is the tobacco manufacturing industry (annual salary $57,540). For detailed chemists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$108,330
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$102,580
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$84,480
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$83,580
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$80,730
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
$80,410
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$80,020
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$78,390
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$78,110
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$77,440
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$77,410
Machinery Manufacturing
$77,290
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$76,860
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$76,090
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$75,490
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$75,490
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$74,800
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$74,610
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$74,450
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$74,400
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$74,190
Chemical Manufacturing
$73,380
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$73,280
Textile Mills
$72,730
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$72,540
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$72,180
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$70,750
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$69,830
Paper Manufacturing
$69,810
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$69,770
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$69,670
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$69,510
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$69,060
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$69,020
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$68,850
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$68,360
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$67,840
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$67,270
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$66,740
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$66,330
Other Food Manufacturing
$66,200
Beverage Manufacturing
$64,600
Food Manufacturing
$64,170
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$63,530
Dairy Product Manufacturing
$63,490
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$63,060
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$62,890
Fabric Mills
$60,630
Grain and Oilseed Milling
$59,980
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$58,110
Tobacco Manufacturing
$57,540

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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