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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Chemists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,960
25th Percentile Wage
$54,960
50th Percentile Wage
$74,740
75th Percentile Wage
$101,460
90th Percentile Wage
$130,560

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 $130,560. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,960. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 203% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of chemists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$74,740
1.34% 3.97%
2016
$73,740
3.36% -
2015
$71,260
-3.12% -
2014
$73,480
1.54% -
2013
$72,350
0.80% -
2012
$71,770
- -

Table 2. Chemists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of chemists in 14 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 construction sector with an annual salary $94,320. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $50,020).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Construction
$94,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$90,380
Utilities
$89,200
Federal, State, and Local Government
$88,460
Retail Trade
$78,940
Transportation and Warehousing
$77,220
Mining
$77,060
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$74,860
Manufacturing
$73,890
Wholesale Trade
$71,740
Health Care and Social Assistance
$67,720
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$64,130
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$61,530
Educational Services
$50,020

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 $47,470 to $123,220. The highest paying state for chemists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $123,220. The lowest paying state is Montana with a median annual salary of $47,470. 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
$123,220
Maryland
$112,020
Virginia
$93,300
New Mexico
$91,770
Delaware
$90,310
Connecticut
$87,150
Massachusetts
$87,140
Georgia
$84,610
North Dakota
$82,540
New Jersey
$82,300
Rhode Island
$81,300
California
$79,520
Minnesota
$78,980
Nebraska
$78,020
Alaska
$77,960
Colorado
$77,590
New York
$76,510
Washington
$76,000
Alabama
$73,980
New Hampshire
$73,820
Arkansas
$72,340
North Carolina
$72,320
Oklahoma
$71,800
Kansas
$71,160
Michigan
$70,680
Pennsylvania
$69,700
Ohio
$69,670
Idaho
$69,590
Oregon
$69,050
Texas
$68,840
Mississippi
$68,840
Illinois
$68,250
Hawaii
$67,800
Arizona
$66,920
Nevada
$66,200
Utah
$65,450
Missouri
$64,550
Louisiana
$64,420
Tennessee
$63,800
Vermont
$62,990
Wisconsin
$62,880
Iowa
$62,580
Kentucky
$61,930
South Carolina
$61,690
Wyoming
$60,920
Indiana
$60,560
Florida
$60,010
Maine
$59,210
South Dakota
$58,480
West Virginia
$56,140
Puerto Rico
$55,850
Montana
$47,470



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