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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $113,095.73* *Based on the 2017 average.

Chemist was the 63rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 4,238 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $114,966.

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 1,448 $114,966.21
National Institutes of Health 446 $132,791.10
Environmental Protection Agency 442 $114,559.88
Drug Enforcement Administration 302 $84,704.02
National Institute of Standards and Technology 242 $122,487.83
Agricultural Research Service 223 $114,897.48
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 193 $98,536.17
Customs and Border Protection 160 $101,261.80
Geological Survey 150 $94,207.28
Food Safety and Inspection Service 70 $93,764.21
Veterans Health Administration 61 $124,268.46
Federal Bureau of Investigation 52 $106,010.42
Department of Energy 47 $136,647.43
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 43 $114,943.70
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 39 $103,317.46
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 34 $78,426.56
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 29 $85,027.83
Forest Service 28 $92,790.29
National Science Foundation 27 $167,190.93
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 27 $93,359.09
Agricultural Marketing Service 24 $94,512.00
Science and Technology Directorate 19 $135,041.53
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 16 $87,406.56
Consumer Product Safety Commission 15 $106,071.60
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 11 $85,659.55
Federal Aviation Administration 10 $93,572.40
Mine Safety and Health Administration 10 $86,564.50
Bureau of Reclamation 10 $83,155.10
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 9 $116,968.89
U.S. Secret Service 8 $120,849.25
U.S. Mint 6 $1,220.00
Government Printing Office 4 $91,603.75
Pretrial Services Agency 4 $105,856.50
Transportation Security Administration 3 $108,810.67
Maritime Administration 3 $82,777.33
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $161,900.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $136,688.50
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $118,494.50
Ames Research Center 2 $158,641.50
National Park Service 2 $106,913.50
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $73,160.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $105,839.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $132,315.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $86,603.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $116,914.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $81,792.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $158,123.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $138,910.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $102,481.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $141,971.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $126,931.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $126,958.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 1 $119,489.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $113,095.73. The highest paid Chemist made $270,400 in 2017.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,273
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 359
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 276
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 110
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 64
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 31
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 23
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 18
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 16
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 14
ST - Scientific And Professional 12
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 10
EE - Expert (other) 7
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 5
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 5
PG - Printing Office Grades 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 3
ET - Pro Dir Of The Adv Res Prj Ag-en 2
EK - Nat Defense Auth Act 1995 Energy Exc Svc 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 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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