Chemical & Engineering News

July 28, 1997


Copyright © 1997 by the American Chemical Society

Management, not research, is where the money is for chemists in industry

Years since B.S. degree
Median salary, $ thousandsa 2 to 4 5 to 9 10 to 14 15 to 19 20 to 24 25 to 29 30 to 34 35 to 39 40 or more Overall median
CHEMISTS EMPLOYED FULL TIME IN INDUSTRY
Total
B.S. $35.0 $41.0 $49.7 $55.0 $61.0 $63.0 $65.0 $72.0 $75.4 $50.0
M.S. 41.2 44.7 52.0 59.0 64.0 69.0 73.4 73.2 67.5 60.0
Ph.D. -- 60.0 65.8 72.0 81.5 89.7 94.5 92.1 93.0 78.1
Gender
Men B.S. 35.0 42.5 51.8 56.3 63.4 65.4 69.5 72.0 77.4 53.8
M.S. -- 45.0 53.0 59.0 65.0 70.5 75.0 76.1 66.1 61.9
Ph.D. -- 60.0 66.0 72.4 81.0 90.0 95.0 92.6 93.0 80.0
Women B.S. 35.0 38.9 48.2 52.3 55.0 51.1 56.0 -- -- 43.6
M.S. -- 43.3 49.8 57.3 61.0 67.0 70.0 -- -- 52.8
Ph.D. -- 60.0 64.5 70.8 81.5 81.8 76.7 -- -- 69.2
Work function
General management B.S. -- -- 53.0 61.0 71.0 65.0 -- -- -- 63.1
M.S. -- -- -- 62.3 70.0 -- -- -- -- 67.0
Ph.D. -- -- -- 78.9 90.5 113.0 121.5 132.3 -- 98.0
R&D management B.S. -- -- 62.0 -- 71.4 80.2 -- -- -- 68.5
M.S. -- -- -- 75.0 73.1 -- 76.6 -- -- 74.8
Ph.D. -- -- 74.6 83.0 93.8 104.4 110.0 103.5 99.0 96.5
Basic research B.S. 35.1 41.9-- -- -- -- -- -- -- 43.0
M.S. -- -- 51.3 59.0 -- -- -- -- -- 54.0
Ph.D. -- 60.0 67.0 74.0 79.3 81.0 94.3 90.6 -- 73.4
Applied research B.S. 36.7 42.6 49.7 55.6 60.0 59.2 62.0 61.6 -- 50.0
M.S. -- 43.9 49.8 58.0 62.6 69.3 73.1 72.9 -- 56.1
Ph.D. -- 60.5 65.0 69.8 77.1 83.0 85.0 88.0 91.6 72.2
Production B.S. 35.0 41.1 47.2 51.8 52.0 62.7 57.1 -- -- 46.0
M.S. -- 46.0 52.0 52.0 52.5 -- 71.1 -- -- 54.0
Ph.D. -- -- -- 73.0 71.0 -- 88.5 -- -- 71.0
Marketing B.S. -- 40.5 52.2 64.4 73.0 67.9 65.0 -- -- 54.7
M.S. -- -- -- -- -- 82.5 -- -- -- 66.0
Ph.D. -- -- 62.2 74.2 85.1 -- -- -- -- 81.0

Note: Where no salary data are shown, sample is too small (less than 15) to provide meaningful figure. a As of March 1, 1997. Source: ACS survey

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