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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2011

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $106,919.45* *Based on the 2011 average.

Chemist was the 69th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2011, with 4,251 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $106,724.

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 1,091 $106,723.83
Environmental Protection Agency 592 $107,694.13
National Institutes of Health 545 $125,347.73
Agricultural Research Service 304 $102,388.95
Drug Enforcement Administration 300 $95,896.75
National Institute of Standards and Technology 224 $118,122.81
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 174 $94,422.35
Customs and Border Protection 156 $91,784.42
Geological Survey 150 $96,285.95
Veterans Health Administration 116 $106,389.54
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 65 $107,313.95
Food Safety and Inspection Service 63 $90,484.46
Department of Energy 55 $119,971.25
Federal Bureau of Investigation 54 $108,004.17
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 37 $107,179.76
Forest Service 36 $82,554.20
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 32 $71,925.34
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 32 $107,671.53
National Science Foundation 29 $159,120.69
Agricultural Marketing Service 26 $87,562.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 23 $111,660.48
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 15 $81,258.67
Science and Technology Directorate 14 $134,494.64
Consumer Product Safety Commission 12 $104,115.67
Federal Aviation Administration 12 $106,616.92
Bureau of Reclamation 11 $78,793.64
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 11 $82,366.82
U.S. Mint 7 $85,746.29
Mine Safety and Health Administration 7 $77,733.71
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 6 $122,512.50
Pretrial Services Agency 6 $80,987.00
U.S. Secret Service 5 $107,475.00
Government Printing Office 5 $99,761.40
Federal Acquisition Service 3 $74,141.00
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $92,046.67
Maritime Administration 3 $70,323.33
Ames Research Center 3 $149,753.33
Goddard Space Flight Center 3 $155,500.00
Transportation Security Administration 2 $95,710.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $137,369.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 2 $135,627.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $155,502.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $108,714.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $128,401.50
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $89,846.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $69,289.00
National Park Service 1 $114,158.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $112,804.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $97,936.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $115,742.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $95,459.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $136,134.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $66,974.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $106,919.45. The highest paid Chemist made $250,000 in 2011.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,140
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 466
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 273
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 63
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 59
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 46
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 38
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 36
EG - Consultant (other) 34
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 20
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 17
ST - Scientific And Professional 12
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 10
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 9
EE - Expert (other) 8
PG - Printing Office Grades 5
ES - Senior Executive Service 4
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 4
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 2
RA - Department Of Agriculture Positions 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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
Computer ScienceProfessional 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Chemist was $85,022. Since then, the average pay has increased to $120,948 in 2019.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1320.

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