Chemical & Engineering News

July 28, 1997


Copyright © 1997 by the American Chemical Society

Median salary for chemists as a group rose substantially, after pause in 1996

% annual change
$ Thousands 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1996-97 1992-97 1987-97
CHEMISTS' MEDIAN SALARYa
B.S. $33.5 $35.4 $37.0 $39.0 $40.3 $42.0 $43.5 $44.3 $45.4 $45.0 $49.4 9.8% 3.3% 3.9%
M.S. 39.0 41.0 43.0 45.0 47.4 50.0 51.5 52.0 53.5 53.6 56.2 4.9 2.4 3.7
Ph.D. 47.7 50.0 52.5 55.0 58.0 60.0 62.8 65.0 66.0 68.0 71.0 4.4 3.4 4.1
All chemists 42.5 45.0 47.3 49.8 52.0 54.6 56.0 57.9 59.7 60.0 63.0 5.0 2.9 4.0
Change in Consumer Price Index 2.8 2.8 3.5

a Base annual salary of chemists employed full time as of March 1, 1997. Source: ACS survey

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