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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2022

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $129,682.15* *Based on the 2022 average.

Chemist was the 71st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2022, with 4,006 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2022, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $131,703.

Government Chemistry jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Chemistry job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Chemist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Food and Drug Administration 1,421 $131,703.49
Environmental Protection Agency 426 $122,296.80
National Institutes of Health 342 $155,257.84
Drug Enforcement Administration 333 $133,137.22
National Institute of Standards and Technology 237 $137,227.00
Customs and Border Protection 202 $103,984.35
Agricultural Research Service 189 $127,117.25
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 184 $111,752.21
Geological Survey 114 $103,549.46
Food Safety and Inspection Service 64 $106,058.63
Federal Bureau of Investigation 56 $143,096.86
Veterans Health Administration 43 $132,956.28
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 40 $127,147.23
Agricultural Marketing Service 36 $102,179.08
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 36 $120,347.08
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 29 $141,627.69
National Science Foundation 28 $183,502.86
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 25 $90,695.64
Department of Energy 25 $159,932.16
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 23 $119,097.68
Forest Service 19 $94,551.16
Science and Technology Directorate 16 $148,949.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 16 $115,676.25
Federal Aviation Administration 12 $103,285.75
U.S. Secret Service 11 $138,920.00
Mine Safety and Health Administration 10 $93,335.80
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 8 $124,647.13
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 8 $80,293.75
U.S. Mint 7 $113,956.29
Bureau of Reclamation 6 $93,338.00
Pretrial Services Agency 5 $117,588.40
Maritime Administration 4 $94,359.75
John F. Kennedy Space Center 3 $121,518.33
Transportation Security Administration 3 $125,283.33
Government Printing Office 2 $113,944.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $126,361.50
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $135,557.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $176,300.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $101,130.00
National Park Service 2 $126,577.50
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $126,233.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $118,844.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $97,885.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $122,683.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 1 $225,340.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $176,300.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $82,440.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 1 $153,434.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $138,868.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $164,102.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $147,272.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $129,682.15. The highest paid Chemist made $290,771 in 2022.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,044
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 309
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 270
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 163
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 105
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 28
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 14
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 12
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 11
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 11
ST - Scientific And Professional 10
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 8
EE - Expert (other) 6
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
EK - The National Defense Authorization Act Of 1995 Department Of Energy Excepted Service 1
ET - Program Director Of The Advanced Research Projects Agency-engery 1
ER - Scientific, Engineering & Professonal Pers Of The Adv Research Proj Agcy-en 1

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific
Occupation Family: 1300 PHYSICAL SCIENCES GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Chemistry jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Mathematical StatisticsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
HistoryProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Miscellaneous Clerk and AssistantClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Physical TherapistProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
AccountingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Chemistry Pay Trend from 2004 to 2022

In 2004, the average pay for a Chemist was $85,022. Since then, the average pay has increased to $129,682 in 2022.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1320.

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