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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2012

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $107,069.65* *Based on the 2012 average.
4,193 EMPLOYEES
$447.87M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Chemist was the 68th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2012, with 4,193 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $106,986.

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 $106,985.76
Environmental Protection Agency 569 $108,102.52
National Institutes of Health 523 $125,375.78
Drug Enforcement Administration 297 $97,752.61
Agricultural Research Service 294 $104,023.02
National Institute of Standards and Technology 229 $114,982.77
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 179 $93,400.11
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 164 $92,963.18
Geological Survey 150 $94,544.04
Veterans Health Administration 114 $106,149.34
Food Safety and Inspection Service 65 $90,408.86
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 58 $108,288.62
Department of Energy 56 $121,140.38
Federal Bureau of Investigation 52 $109,533.33
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 35 $110,360.43
Forest Service 34 $84,392.30
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 33 $75,003.30
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 33 $105,158.85
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 28 $106,165.11
National Science Foundation 25 $163,341.08
Agricultural Marketing Service 23 $91,121.17
Ous for Science and Technology 13 $132,223.69
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 13 $82,741.92
Federal Aviation Administration 13 $105,074.92
Consumer Product Safety Commission 12 $108,918.67
Bureau of Reclamation 11 $78,305.45
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 9 $80,716.56
Mine Safety and Health Administration 9 $75,367.33
U.S. Mint 6 $91,186.50
Government Printing Office 5 $103,588.60
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 5 $127,840.40
Pretrial Services Agency 5 $85,783.80
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $97,935.67
U.S. Secret Service 3 $115,096.00
Ames Research Center 3 $149,453.33
Goddard Space Flight Center 3 $155,916.67
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $128,104.50
Transportation Security Administration 2 $96,467.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $139,122.00
Maritime Administration 2 $73,951.50
Bureau of Land Management 2 $59,510.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $108,323.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $119,374.50
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $106,839.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $155,502.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 2 $137,689.50
Federal Acquisition Service 2 $80,133.50
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $95,459.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $92,341.00
National Park Service 1 $114,158.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $118,636.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $140,759.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $68,599.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $107,069.65. The highest paid Chemist made $250,000 in 2012.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,088
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 472
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 272
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 65
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 62
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 40
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 37
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 36
EG - Consultant (other) 30
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 21
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 16
ST - Scientific And Professional 11
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 10
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 9
PG - Printing Office Grades 5
EE - Expert (other) 4
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
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
RA - Department Of Agriculture Positions 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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