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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2010

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $106,283.14* *Based on the 2010 average.
4,315 EMPLOYEES
$457.55M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Chemist was the 69th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 4,315 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $105,731.

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 1,105 $105,730.84
Environmental Protection Agency 578 $108,142.31
National Institutes of Health 563 $124,284.45
Agricultural Research Service 325 $100,811.70
Drug Enforcement Administration 301 $95,325.71
National Institute of Standards and Technology 239 $114,255.90
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 185 $94,486.26
Geological Survey 160 $96,933.75
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 144 $92,186.72
Veterans Health Administration 119 $105,771.38
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 66 $106,467.76
Food Safety and Inspection Service 61 $86,919.57
Department of Energy 55 $121,661.09
Federal Bureau of Investigation 49 $109,161.33
Forest Service 42 $80,126.32
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 39 $107,282.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 32 $108,837.28
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 30 $78,037.33
National Science Foundation 28 $159,413.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 27 $86,597.11
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 24 $111,166.92
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 16 $80,734.81
Federal Aviation Administration 14 $101,621.07
Ous for Science and Technology 14 $136,233.71
Consumer Product Safety Commission 12 $102,857.42
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 11 $81,263.18
Bureau of Reclamation 10 $79,710.90
U.S. Mint 7 $85,141.00
Pretrial Services Agency 6 $75,562.17
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $84,491.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 4 $135,727.00
Government Printing Office 4 $91,592.75
U.S. Secret Service 4 $110,242.25
Ames Research Center 3 $148,487.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 3 $155,500.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $114,235.33
Federal Acquisition Service 3 $82,720.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $137,706.50
Maritime Administration 2 $67,602.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $124,747.50
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $100,884.00
Bureau of Land Management 2 $69,199.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $106,839.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $106,839.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $155,502.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $92,732.00
Transportation Security Administration 1 $110,276.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $66,961.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $136,134.00
National Park Service 1 $114,158.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $113,304.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $115,742.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $89,846.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $106,283.14. The highest paid Chemist made $250,000 in 2010.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,202
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 463
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 288
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 62
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 61
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 52
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 36
EG - Consultant (other) 31
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 24
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 20
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 19
ST - Scientific And Professional 12
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 12
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 11
EE - Expert (other) 5
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
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

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The series code of this occupation is 1320.

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