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Chemist - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Chemist"

How much does a Chemist in the federal government get paid? $120,948.01* *Based on the 2019 average.

Chemist was the 323rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 4,112 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Chemistry, with an average salary of $121,654.

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 1,460 $121,654.23
Environmental Protection Agency 423 $117,869.48
National Institutes of Health 396 $142,393.21
Drug Enforcement Administration 310 $122,688.47
National Institute of Standards and Technology 247 $124,489.68
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 197 $101,354.55
Agricultural Research Service 194 $121,115.22
Customs and Border Protection 167 $111,402.15
Geological Survey 134 $100,113.71
Food Safety and Inspection Service 65 $97,919.86
Federal Bureau of Investigation 56 $132,665.52
Veterans Health Administration 49 $120,761.42
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 42 $118,783.07
Department of Energy 40 $145,542.43
Agricultural Marketing Service 39 $93,551.41
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 31 $128,558.47
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 31 $116,002.32
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 28 $85,555.68
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 27 $110,053.18
National Science Foundation 27 $172,603.56
Forest Service 25 $94,410.21
Science and Technology Directorate 14 $143,089.71
Consumer Product Safety Commission 13 $114,030.23
Federal Aviation Administration 10 $98,963.30
Bureau of Reclamation 10 $79,973.10
Mine Safety and Health Administration 9 $91,184.56
U.S. Secret Service 8 $126,649.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 8 $91,212.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 8 $129,686.38
U.S. Mint 6 $0.00
Government Printing Office 4 $94,122.75
Pretrial Services Agency 3 $110,620.67
Maritime Administration 3 $94,289.00
Transportation Security Administration 3 $115,689.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $98,453.00
National Park Service 2 $114,611.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $90,349.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $166,500.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 2 $160,640.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $108,037.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $87,105.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $144,538.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $166,500.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $152,352.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $112,356.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $152,352.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $128,920.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $136,725.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $137,048.00
Ames Research Center 1 $165,346.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $128,911.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $128,920.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $89,517.00

Chemist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Chemist is $120,948.01. The highest paid Chemist made $284,681 in 2019.

Common Chemist Payscales

Payscale Number of Chemistry Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,161
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 349
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 280
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 121
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 49
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 34
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 19
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 18
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 16
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 15
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 10
ST - Scientific And Professional 9
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
EE - Expert (other) 6
PG - Printing Office Grades 4
ER - Scientific, Engineering & Professonal Pers Of The Adv Research Proj Agcy-en 4
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
ET - Program Director Of The Advanced Research Projects Agency-engery 2
EK - The National Defense Authorization Act Of 1995 Department Of Energy Excepted Service 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 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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