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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $107,328.54* *Based on the 2013 average.

Chemist was the 68th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 4,175 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $106,517.

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 1,169 $106,516.76
Environmental Protection Agency 524 $108,393.68
National Institutes of Health 516 $125,199.56
Drug Enforcement Administration 283 $100,335.67
Agricultural Research Service 281 $104,674.17
National Institute of Standards and Technology 234 $114,941.24
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 189 $91,757.92
Customs and Border Protection 158 $95,340.82
Geological Survey 142 $95,800.77
Veterans Health Administration 104 $107,660.26
Food Safety and Inspection Service 64 $92,285.97
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 55 $107,955.73
Federal Bureau of Investigation 54 $107,552.74
Department of Energy 54 $121,686.67
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 35 $110,943.80
Forest Service 34 $84,681.74
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 33 $105,365.58
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 30 $77,428.63
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 26 $111,393.65
Agricultural Marketing Service 24 $90,463.46
National Science Foundation 24 $162,224.71
Federal Aviation Administration 13 $105,320.23
Consumer Product Safety Commission 12 $111,564.67
Science and Technology Directorate 12 $134,749.50
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 12 $85,086.75
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 11 $82,519.82
Bureau of Reclamation 11 $80,559.36
Mine Safety and Health Administration 10 $77,524.70
U.S. Mint 6 $93,039.83
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 5 $125,174.80
Government Printing Office 5 $106,929.60
Pretrial Services Agency 5 $89,346.20
U.S. Secret Service 4 $101,459.25
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 3 $122,744.00
Transportation Security Administration 3 $96,021.33
Ames Research Center 3 $150,725.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 3 $155,500.00
Maritime Administration 3 $67,904.33
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $109,807.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $139,122.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $103,400.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $130,044.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $108,323.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $119,249.50
Bureau of Land Management 2 $67,505.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $77,983.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $140,259.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $71,102.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $98,187.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $115,742.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $126,251.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $92,341.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $107,328.54. The highest paid Chemist made $250,000 in 2013.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,112
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 476
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 274
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 64
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 34
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 34
EG - Consultant (other) 30
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 27
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 26
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 26
ST - Scientific And Professional 12
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 12
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 10
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 10
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 5
PG - Printing Office Grades 5
EE - Expert (other) 5
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 3
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 1
EK - Nat Defense Auth Act 1995 Energy Exc Svc 1
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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