Chemists Salary Information

The salary statistics of chemists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of chemists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The chemists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Chemists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,180
25th Percentile Wage
$54,060
50th Percentile Wage
$73,740
75th Percentile Wage
$100,630
90th Percentile Wage
$129,670

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) chemists is $129,670. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $73,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,180. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 207% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201673,7403.36%2.67%
201571,260-3.12%-
201473,4801.54%-
201372,3500.80%-
201271,770--

Table 2. Chemists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of chemists in 11 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for chemists occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $87,570. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $50,070).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$87,570
Federal, State, and Local Government
$86,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$82,660
Transportation and Warehousing
$82,240
Mining
$81,770
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$73,950
Manufacturing
$73,090
Wholesale Trade
$70,370
Health Care and Social Assistance
$68,310
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$66,860
Educational Services
$50,070

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Chemists by States

From the above tables we note that not only chemists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of chemists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $54,510 to $119,800. The highest paying state for chemists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $119,800. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $54,510. For more salary information of chemists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$119,800
Maryland
$108,070
Virginia
$95,080
Delaware
$90,310
Connecticut
$86,780
Georgia
$82,250
Massachusetts
$82,210
California
$79,390
Alaska
$79,030
New Jersey
$78,980
Rhode Island
$78,740
Washington
$75,930
Michigan
$75,780
Alabama
$75,640
Nevada
$75,120
New York
$74,850
Colorado
$74,830
New Mexico
$74,620
North Dakota
$74,530
Oklahoma
$74,010
Minnesota
$73,260
Idaho
$73,000
Illinois
$72,860
Arkansas
$72,770
Arizona
$71,490
Ohio
$69,650
West Virginia
$69,470
Texas
$68,880
North Carolina
$68,100
Pennsylvania
$66,550
South Carolina
$65,690
Louisiana
$64,620
Missouri
$64,440
Iowa
$64,070
Kansas
$63,960
Utah
$63,690
Oregon
$62,630
Wisconsin
$62,590
Hawaii
$62,530
Kentucky
$62,300
Nebraska
$62,120
Mississippi
$61,100
New Hampshire
$60,730
Montana
$60,590
Tennessee
$59,970
Indiana
$59,860
Maine
$59,390
Vermont
$59,330
Florida
$58,340
South Dakota
$55,440
Wyoming
$55,340
Puerto Rico
$54,510


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