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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2006

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $92,418.53* *Based on the 2006 average.

Chemist was the 64th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2006, with 4,438 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $92,115.

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 1,011 $92,115.16
National Institutes of Health 644 $103,312.36
Environmental Protection Agency 593 $94,944.78
Agricultural Research Service 391 $87,152.09
Drug Enforcement Administration 278 $82,318.48
National Institute of Standards and Technology 227 $101,325.79
Geological Survey 177 $85,926.12
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 173 $86,410.79
Veterans Health Administration 161 $94,424.71
Customs and Border Protection 119 $83,900.64
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 78 $92,900.85
Food Safety and Inspection Service 68 $75,049.41
Department of Energy 64 $101,005.78
Agricultural Marketing Service 57 $65,968.04
Forest Service 45 $73,060.38
Federal Bureau of Investigation 45 $92,925.13
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 39 $100,713.13
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 36 $79,147.33
National Science Foundation 32 $130,426.59
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 30 $93,821.67
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 22 $88,543.41
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 21 $75,479.48
Federal Aviation Administration 14 $86,632.86
Bureau of Reclamation 12 $80,456.17
Science and Technology Directorate 11 $112,488.09
Mine Safety and Health Administration 9 $73,987.56
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $105,096.13
U.S. Mint 6 $77,059.67
Government Printing Office 5 $69,950.60
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 5 $87,067.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 5 $82,944.80
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 5 $111,726.40
Federal Supply Service 4 $69,495.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $87,289.25
U.S. Secret Service 4 $109,951.00
Federal Highway Administration 4 $109,193.00
Bureau of Land Management 3 $72,036.33
Pretrial Services Agency 3 $76,200.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $139,015.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $115,781.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $97,976.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $90,120.50
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $80,852.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $142,980.00
Indian Health Service 2 $82,024.50
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 2 $60,635.50
Ames Research Center 2 $128,475.50
Public Buildings Service 1 $83,391.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $73,720.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $79,012.00
National Park Service 1 $95,211.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $97,976.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $44,856.00
Transportation Security Administration 1 $97,754.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $92,418.53. The highest paid Chemist made $237,500 in 2006.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,327
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 426
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 259
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 111
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 59
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 47
EG - Consultant (other) 43
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 37
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 33
MA - Milk Marketing 30
ST - Scientific And Professional 13
EE - Expert (other) 12
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 11
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 6
PG - Printing Office Grades 5
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 5
ES - Senior Executive Service 4
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 1
RA - Department Of Agriculture 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
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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