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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $103,891.83* *Based on the 2009 average.

Chemist was the 66th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 4,299 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $103,289.

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 1,072 $103,288.63
National Institutes of Health 585 $119,711.86
Environmental Protection Agency 572 $105,686.17
Agricultural Research Service 343 $97,478.58
Drug Enforcement Administration 267 $96,852.72
National Institute of Standards and Technology 247 $111,141.32
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 178 $94,055.94
Geological Survey 162 $95,483.14
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 141 $88,938.17
Veterans Health Administration 134 $102,032.75
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 68 $103,121.62
Food Safety and Inspection Service 65 $83,662.17
Department of Energy 59 $116,331.68
Forest Service 45 $75,681.38
Federal Bureau of Investigation 42 $110,662.88
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 39 $106,635.82
National Science Foundation 33 $147,246.58
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 32 $77,893.13
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 29 $105,620.34
Agricultural Marketing Service 28 $82,026.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 24 $106,031.50
Federal Aviation Administration 14 $98,537.93
Ous for Science and Technology 14 $127,066.93
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 14 $76,701.21
Bureau of Reclamation 11 $81,369.55
Consumer Product Safety Commission 11 $103,890.82
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 9 $85,679.56
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $93,396.80
U.S. Mint 5 $89,503.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 4 $131,420.00
Pretrial Services Agency 4 $80,712.00
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $84,959.00
Government Printing Office 4 $85,409.50
Ames Research Center 3 $144,484.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 3 $153,200.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $111,533.00
U.S. Secret Service 3 $107,076.00
Bureau of Land Management 3 $71,548.33
Federal Highway Administration 2 $131,260.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $119,844.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $94,615.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $102,865.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $101,416.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $151,099.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $93,035.00
National Park Service 1 $109,152.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $107,681.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $114,207.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $87,717.00
Transportation Security Administration 1 $107,297.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $65,430.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $128,886.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $103,891.83. The highest paid Chemist made $253,000 in 2009.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,152
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 476
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 297
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 67
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 65
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 61
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 35
EG - Consultant (other) 34
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 22
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 18
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 18
ST - Scientific And Professional 12
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 11
EE - Expert (other) 6
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
ES - Senior Executive Service 5
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 4
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
RA - Department Of Agriculture Positions 1
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,716.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / 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
StatisticsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Civil Rights AnalysisAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
TelecommunicationsAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Health System AdministrationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Insurance AccountsClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Chemistry Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Chemist was $85,022. Since then, the average pay has increased to $113,096 in 2017.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 1320.

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