Chemical & Engineering News

July 28, 1997


Copyright © 1997 by the American Chemical Society

Salaries of chemists with more than 20 years' experience approach twice that of beginners

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
ALL CHEMISTS $35.0 $43.0 $55.0 $61.4 $68.9 $73.2 $76.3 $74.2 $76.8 $63.0
By gender
Male 35.0 44.5 56.9 62.5 70.2 75.0 79.7 76.9 80.0 66.9
Female 34.8 40.1 50.0 54.8 59.0 61.5 60.2 58.2 65.0 50.1
By degree
B.S. 35.0 40.3 48.9 54.0 58.0 61.7 64.9 67.1 67.1 49.4
M.S. 40.5 43.6 49.9 56.4 62.0 64.1 66.0 69.8 64.0 56.3
Ph.D. 52.0 61.0 66.7 75.0 81.0 82.0 77.0 81.0 71.0
By employer
Industry 35.2 44.5 60.0 66.0 73.0 81.0 85.0 85.0 83.0 67.0
Government 40.0 52.0 55.4 61.5 65.0 75.6 73.1 74.3 62.0
Academia 35.5 39.6 45.0 50.6 57.4 62.0 66.6 72.9 54.0

a As of March 1, 1997. Source:ACS survey

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