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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2005

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $89,220.92* *Based on the 2005 average.

Chemist was the 62nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2005, with 4,605 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $89,062.

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 1,055 $89,061.76
National Institutes of Health 699 $101,226.55
Environmental Protection Agency 617 $90,599.12
Agricultural Research Service 409 $83,601.46
Drug Enforcement Administration 277 $79,146.87
National Institute of Standards and Technology 212 $100,914.34
Geological Survey 183 $83,196.13
Veterans Health Administration 179 $90,660.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 171 $84,690.72
Customs and Border Protection 119 $80,492.39
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 77 $88,743.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 68 $73,119.32
Department of Energy 66 $96,986.94
Agricultural Marketing Service 58 $63,798.07
Federal Bureau of Investigation 50 $84,700.12
Forest Service 50 $70,001.51
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 38 $77,460.97
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 38 $97,873.21
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 30 $93,915.03
National Science Foundation 26 $123,021.42
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 23 $86,619.30
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 22 $72,440.59
Bureau of Reclamation 15 $78,686.47
Federal Aviation Administration 14 $84,621.64
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 9 $89,320.33
Mine Safety and Health Administration 9 $69,571.56
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $99,059.13
Science and Technology Directorate 7 $96,180.71
Government Printing Office 6 $66,660.17
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 6 $79,910.33
U.S. Mint 6 $71,988.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 5 $104,965.60
Transportation Security Administration 5 $110,102.40
Federal Highway Administration 4 $105,566.00
U.S. Secret Service 4 $104,826.25
Federal Supply Service 4 $64,311.00
Bureau of Land Management 3 $70,051.00
Pretrial Services Agency 3 $72,968.33
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $78,728.33
Ames Research Center 3 $119,527.67
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $67,795.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $94,820.50
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $111,936.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $58,122.50
Program Support Center 2 $51,262.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $133,406.50
Indian Health Service 2 $79,673.50
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $35,452.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $79,652.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $71,269.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $74,436.00
National Park Service 1 $91,345.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $84,039.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $92,228.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $117,368.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $140,288.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $89,220.92. The highest paid Chemist made $212,000 in 2005.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,455
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 434
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 243
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 137
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 58
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 57
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 52
EG - Consultant (other) 45
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 31
MA - Milk Marketing 30
ST - Scientific And Professional 11
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 11
EE - Expert (other) 9
ES - Senior Executive Service 6
PG - Printing Office Grades 6
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 5
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
RA - Department Of Agriculture Positions 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 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Chemist was $85,022. Since then, the average pay has increased to $126,893 in 2021.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1320.

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