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Chemistry Overview - Preparation - Specialty Areas - Co-ops and Internships - Employment - Earnings - Profiles of Chemists - Career Path Forecast -Professional Organizations - PowerPoint - Podcast


Earnings
According the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wages of chemists in the United States is $66,230. The middle 50 percent earned between $48,630 and $89,660. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,840, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $113,080. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of chemists are shown below:
 
Federal Executive Branch $95,690
Scientific research and development services 76,450
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 66,520
Basic chemical manufacturing 63,630
Architectural, engineering, and related services 51,180

Starting Salaries
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, beginning salary offers in July 2009 for graduates with a bachelor's degree in chemistry averaged $39,897 a year.

Note: Some resources in this section were prepared as part of the Sloan Career Cornerstone Series CD-Rom "Careers for Chemists" American Chemical Society.
 


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