How much does a Chemist I make in the United States? The average Chemist I salary in the United States is $66,535 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $59,137 and $75,099. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Chemist I Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Chemist I Salary $52,402 US February 26, 2024
25th Percentile Chemist I Salary $59,137 US February 26, 2024
50th Percentile Chemist I Salary $66,535 US February 26, 2024
75th Percentile Chemist I Salary $75,099 US February 26, 2024
90th Percentile Chemist I Salary $82,895 US February 26, 2024
25% $59,137 10% $52,402 90% $82,895 75% $75,099 $66,535 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Analysis: Analysis is the process of considering something carefully or using statistical methods in order to understand it or explain it.


Analytical Chemistry: Analytical chemistry studies and uses instruments and methods used to separate, identify, and quantify matter. In practice, separation, identification or quantification may constitute the entire analysis or be combined with another method. Separation isolates analytes. Qualitative analysis identifies analytes, while quantitative analysis determines the numerical amount or concentration. Analytical chemistry consists of classical, wet chemical methods and modern, instrumental methods. Classical qualitative methods use separations such as precipitation, extraction, and distillation. Identification may be based on differences in color, odor, melting point, boiling point, radioactivity or reactivity. Classical quantitative analysis uses mass or volume changes to quantify amount. Instrumental methods may be used to separate samples using chromatography, electrophoresis or field flow fractionation. Then qualitative and quantitative analysis can be performed, often with the same instrument and may use light interaction, heat interaction, electric fields or magnetic fields. Often the same instrument can separate, identify and quantify an analyte.


Material Science: Analyzing the properties of materials and using that information to build various products.

Analysis 6.6%
Analytical Chemistry 1.21%
Material Science 0.78%
Others 91.41%

Job Description for Chemist I

Chemist I evaluates the chemical and physical properties of various organic and inorganic substances. Utilizes established methods and procedures and laboratory equipment to perform analytical testing of substances. Being a Chemist I prepares compounds, reagents and solutions. Develop and write technical reports of testing results. Additionally, Chemist I requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager. To be a Chemist I typically requires 0-2 years of related experience. Works on projects/matters of limited complexity in a support role. Work is closely managed. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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For Chemist I, the first career path typically progresses to Agronomist.

The second career path typically starts with a Biologist II position, and then progresses to Biologist IV.

The third career path typically starts with a Microbiologist II position, and then progresses to Microbiologist IV.

Additionally, the fourth career path typically starts with a Hydrologist position, and then progresses to Meteorologist.

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Chemist I salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Chemist I, the highest Chemist I salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Chemist I salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Chemist I salary is in Miami, FL, where the Chemist I salary is 2.9% lower than national average salary.

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City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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