Chemical & Engineering News

July 28, 1997


Copyright © 1997 by the American Chemical Society

Top 10th percentile of B.S. industrial chemists reach $100,000 level after 30 years

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
INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTS
B.S.
90% $44.1 $54.2 $68.0 $77.9 $82.5 $92.0 $100.0 $120.0 $125.0 $80.0
75% 39.8 47.5 58.0 65.0 72.4 75.5 83.0 97.5 98.5 63.5
50% 35.0 41.0 49.7 55.0 61.0 63.0 65.0 72.0 75.4 50.0
25% 29.5 35.0 41.1 47.5 47.6 53.0 54.5 56.5 60.6 39.5
10% 25.9 30.0 36.2 40.1 40.0 44.0 39.0 48.3 43.0 32.0
M.S.
90% 43.0 53.1 68.2 78.0 90.0 96.7 100.2 110.0 89.5 87.0
75% 42.0 48.9 59.2 67.0 73.0 83.8 85.0 83.6 80.0 72.7
50% 41.2 44.7 52.0 59.0 64.0 69.0 73.4 73.2 67.5 60.0
25% 35.5 40.4 46.0 52.0 54.4 57.8 62.7 65.0 59.1 49.0
10% 26.4 36.1 39.0 44.9 47.7 50.0 50.4 48.0 42.0 41.2
Ph.D.
90% -- 72.0 79.7 95.2 104.0 131.0 146.0 155.0 120.0 117.0
75% -- 65.2 71.7 83.0 93.8 106.0 115.0 119.0 110.0 95.0
50% -- 60.0 65.8 72.0 81.5 89.7 94.5 92.1 93.0 78.1
25% -- 53.0 60.0 63.8 71.3 77.0 80.0 77.0 78.5 66.0
10% -- 48.0 52.0 56.3 64.1 64.6 70.0 60.0 53.0 57.9

How to read this table: Using, as an example, industrial B.S. chemists two to four years after they have received their B.S. degree, 90% of these chemists have annual base salaries of $44,100 or less; 75% have annual base salaries of $39,800 or less, 50% have annual base salaries of $35,000 or less, 25% have annual base salaries of $29,500 or less, a nd 10% have annual base salaries of $25,900 or less, as of March 1, 1997. Note: Where no salary d ata 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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