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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $109,577.58* *Based on the 2015 average.

Chemist was the 65th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 4,205 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $108,445.

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 1,367 $108,445.16
National Institutes of Health 477 $128,515.25
Environmental Protection Agency 465 $112,119.01
Drug Enforcement Administration 285 $103,044.24
National Institute of Standards and Technology 251 $115,704.47
Agricultural Research Service 244 $108,322.09
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 180 $95,133.76
Customs and Border Protection 160 $99,373.68
Geological Survey 142 $94,040.35
Veterans Health Administration 78 $117,174.01
Food Safety and Inspection Service 69 $89,215.10
Federal Bureau of Investigation 50 $111,395.74
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 47 $112,128.26
Department of Energy 42 $123,414.74
Forest Service 33 $87,724.61
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 32 $117,068.38
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 29 $108,889.24
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 26 $84,348.85
Agricultural Marketing Service 24 $85,508.50
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 23 $110,465.35
National Science Foundation 23 $164,335.17
Science and Technology Directorate 16 $128,786.38
Consumer Product Safety Commission 15 $100,013.27
Federal Aviation Administration 13 $110,424.38
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 13 $83,387.31
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 13 $87,644.08
Bureau of Reclamation 10 $80,497.00
Mine Safety and Health Administration 10 $80,355.00
U.S. Secret Service 8 $109,933.38
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 7 $108,016.00
U.S. Mint 6 $95,765.17
Government Printing Office 5 $92,484.80
Pretrial Services Agency 4 $93,958.00
Transportation Security Administration 3 $102,433.67
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $99,082.67
Ames Research Center 3 $153,888.00
Maritime Administration 3 $75,669.33
National Park Service 2 $97,045.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $143,845.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $134,442.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $112,014.50
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $124,935.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $158,700.00
Bureau of Land Management 2 $77,842.50
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $93,757.50
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $134,297.50
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $100,161.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $81,894.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $110,476.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $147,288.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $77,213.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $121,611.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $132,368.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $96,750.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $109,577.58. The highest paid Chemist made $268,324 in 2015.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,189
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 286
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 285
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 224
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 53
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 28
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 27
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 25
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 14
ST - Scientific And Professional 13
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 13
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 11
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 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
ET - Pro Dir Of The Adv Res Prj Ag-en 1
EK - Nat Defense Auth Act 1995 Energy Exc Svc 1
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 1
RA - Department Of Agriculture Positions 1
EG - Consultant (other) 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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