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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $108,715.24* *Based on the 2014 average.

Chemist was the 89th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 4,170 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $107,916.

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 1,274 $107,916.03
National Institutes of Health 485 $126,299.91
Environmental Protection Agency 484 $111,263.77
Drug Enforcement Administration 280 $103,088.82
Agricultural Research Service 260 $105,551.11
National Institute of Standards and Technology 245 $114,517.69
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 181 $94,117.22
Customs and Border Protection 158 $97,604.18
Geological Survey 138 $94,417.36
Veterans Health Administration 93 $112,006.64
Food Safety and Inspection Service 69 $93,983.88
Federal Bureau of Investigation 54 $111,500.56
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 53 $108,262.57
Department of Energy 47 $118,562.53
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 35 $115,127.23
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 34 $106,455.24
Forest Service 33 $85,949.97
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 26 $82,932.65
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 25 $111,999.68
Agricultural Marketing Service 23 $90,469.13
National Science Foundation 22 $164,160.95
Science and Technology Directorate 16 $126,132.81
Federal Aviation Administration 13 $108,099.38
Consumer Product Safety Commission 12 $111,778.17
Bureau of Reclamation 12 $82,584.08
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 11 $89,502.45
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 11 $86,317.82
Mine Safety and Health Administration 10 $77,942.70
U.S. Mint 7 $88,324.71
U.S. Secret Service 7 $104,958.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 5 $123,716.80
Pretrial Services Agency 4 $91,623.75
Government Printing Office 4 $98,360.25
Transportation Security Administration 3 $98,286.33
Maritime Administration 3 $71,752.33
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $94,647.33
Ames Research Center 3 $152,428.33
Goddard Space Flight Center 3 $157,100.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $71,813.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $130,605.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $109,407.50
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $120,440.00
National Park Service 2 $94,606.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $142,406.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $91,429.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $131,353.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $145,827.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $76,446.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $119,531.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $127,512.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $93,414.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $99,170.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $78,762.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $107,704.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $108,715.24. The highest paid Chemist made $259,250 in 2014.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,160
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 284
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 284
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 216
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 34
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 27
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 27
EG - Consultant (other) 26
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 24
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 18
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 12
ST - Scientific And Professional 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 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 3
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 2
EE - Expert (other) 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EK - Nat Defense Auth Act 1995 Energy Exc Svc 1
RA - Department Of Agriculture Positions 1
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 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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