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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $124,589.24* *Based on the 2020 average.
3,926 EMPLOYEES
$435.56M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Chemist was the 68th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 3,926 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $126,314.

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 1,403 $126,314.30
Environmental Protection Agency 427 $119,813.15
Drug Enforcement Administration 317 $128,027.00
National Institutes of Health 248 $152,967.52
National Institute of Standards and Technology 244 $132,235.82
Customs and Border Protection 202 $105,216.83
Agricultural Research Service 189 $124,447.96
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 181 $105,743.39
Geological Survey 127 $102,432.30
Food Safety and Inspection Service 65 $103,307.66
Federal Bureau of Investigation 57 $137,164.75
Veterans Health Administration 45 $129,508.56
Agricultural Marketing Service 39 $95,980.31
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 38 $122,968.35
Department of Energy 35 $153,764.49
National Science Foundation 31 $176,184.42
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 30 $114,143.57
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 30 $133,768.75
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 30 $84,741.83
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 27 $114,430.45
Forest Service 22 $94,823.86
Science and Technology Directorate 16 $143,476.94
Consumer Product Safety Commission 14 $116,560.71
Federal Aviation Administration 12 $97,146.17
Mine Safety and Health Administration 11 $94,575.18
U.S. Secret Service 10 $134,889.70
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 10 $135,026.90
U.S. Mint 8 $105,855.63
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 8 $85,654.75
Bureau of Reclamation 8 $84,403.63
Pretrial Services Agency 5 $108,764.40
Government Printing Office 4 $109,507.50
Maritime Administration 4 $88,913.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 3 $111,789.67
John F. Kennedy Space Center 3 $117,444.67
Transportation Security Administration 3 $119,398.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $104,660.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $120,000.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $130,042.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $170,800.00
National Park Service 2 $121,702.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $112,811.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $133,465.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $157,709.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $133,447.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $115,562.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $94,626.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 1 $203,911.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $170,800.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $76,926.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $124,589.24. The highest paid Chemist made $274,880 in 2020.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,113
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 276
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 211
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 111
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 63
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 37
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 21
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 16
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 14
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 12
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 12
EE - Expert (other) 10
ST - Scientific And Professional 9
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 4
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 3
ER - Scientific, Engineering & Professonal Pers Of The Adv Research Proj Agcy-en 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
ET - Program Director Of The Advanced Research Projects Agency-engery 2
EK - The National Defense Authorization Act Of 1995 Department Of Energy Excepted Service 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1

Starting Paygrade: $34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / 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
Computer ScienceProfessional 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 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Chemist was $85,022. Since then, the average pay has increased to $124,589 in 2020.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1320.

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