Training Requirements for Chemists

Chemists need a bachelor's degree.

Degrees for Chemists
Percent
Less than High School 0.4
High School 2.0
Some College 2.7
Associates Degree 1.6
Bachelors Degree 54.1
Masters Degree 22.0
Doctorate or Professional Degree 17.2

Employment Outlook for Chemists

This represents about 91,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 2,000 more chemists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 22,000 more.

Typical Income for Chemists

Hourly Income

On average,chemists make $38.86 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chemists $20.28 $25.99 $35.45 $48.38 $62.34
Life, physical, and social science occupations $16.03 $21.67 $30.45 $43.78 $59.27
Physical scientists $20.93 $27.19 $37.40 $52.14 $68.90
Chemists and materials scientists $20.45 $26.36 $36.26 $49.48 $63.78
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, chemists make $80,820 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chemists $42,180 $54,060 $73,740 $100,630 $129,670
Life, physical, and social science occupations $33,350 $45,060 $63,340 $91,060 $123,280
Physical scientists $43,520 $56,560 $77,790 $108,440 $143,300
Chemists and materials scientists $42,540 $54,820 $75,420 $102,920 $132,650
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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