What Are The Training Requirements for Chemists?

Chemists need a bachelor's degree.

Degrees for Chemists
Typical education of 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

What Is the Employment Outlook for Chemists?

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.

This career includes 91,000 people in the United States.

How Much Do Chemists Make?

On average, chemists make $38.86 per hour or $80,820 per year in the United States.

What Is the Typical Hourly Income for Chemists?

Hourly income for Chemists in the United States compared with other, similar careers.
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

What Is the Typical Annual Salary for Chemists?

Annual salary for Chemists in the United States compared with other, similar careers.
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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