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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $100,065.70* *Based on the 2008 average.

Chemist was the 65th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 4,232 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $100,192.

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 1,001 $100,192.10
National Institutes of Health 596 $114,053.11
Environmental Protection Agency 588 $101,859.55
Agricultural Research Service 355 $93,296.49
Drug Enforcement Administration 261 $92,454.76
National Institute of Standards and Technology 229 $108,796.58
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 173 $90,881.08
Geological Survey 168 $90,536.40
Veterans Health Administration 143 $98,341.44
Customs and Border Protection 131 $87,275.34
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 68 $97,239.63
Food Safety and Inspection Service 64 $82,015.58
Department of Energy 57 $110,846.19
Federal Bureau of Investigation 44 $102,391.84
Forest Service 43 $77,231.55
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 39 $104,588.38
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 31 $78,374.48
National Science Foundation 28 $139,502.36
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 26 $103,582.38
Agricultural Marketing Service 25 $78,042.92
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 24 $98,679.17
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 14 $77,122.21
Federal Aviation Administration 14 $94,000.21
Science and Technology Directorate 13 $127,380.08
Bureau of Reclamation 11 $78,391.91
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $104,513.33
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 8 $83,171.50
Mine Safety and Health Administration 7 $84,443.57
U.S. Mint 6 $84,760.33
Goddard Space Flight Center 4 $132,092.75
Government Printing Office 4 $78,219.75
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $79,699.25
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $95,117.50
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 4 $122,825.25
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $76,793.67
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $101,314.33
Bureau of Land Management 3 $67,373.33
Federal Highway Administration 3 $119,622.33
Ames Research Center 3 $137,816.00
National Archives and Records Administration 3 $92,040.00
U.S. Secret Service 3 $107,939.33
Pretrial Services Agency 3 $84,533.67
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $148,991.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $111,604.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $61,094.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $119,161.00
Transportation Security Administration 1 $103,318.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $81,594.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $86,203.00
National Park Service 1 $105,210.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $105,088.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $104,018.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $100,065.70. The highest paid Chemist made $250,000 in 2008.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,188
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 438
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 279
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 74
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 61
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 37
EG - Consultant (other) 30
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 28
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 25
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 15
ST - Scientific And Professional 12
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 11
EE - Expert (other) 7
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 6
ES - Senior Executive Service 5
PG - Printing Office Grades 4
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 1
RA - Department Of Agriculture Positions 1
SL - Senior Level 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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