Chemists & materials scientists

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
96.8k
Average Age
41.5
Average Salary
$87,133
Average Male Salary
$93,816
Average Female Salary
$77,004

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Chemists & materials scientists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Chemists & materials scientists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Chemists & materials scientists, by average wage, is Nonferrous metal (except aluminum) production & processing. Chemists & materials scientists are paid most in Framingham Town, Marlborough City & Natick Town PUMA, MA but are relatively concentrated in Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning & Development District 2 (South) PUMA, LA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$87,133
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,989

In 2020, Chemists & materials scientists earned an average of $87,133, $31,179 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Operations research analysts make somewhat more than Chemists & materials scientists while Chiropractors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Chemists & materials scientists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.307
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Chemists & materials scientists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.307, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Chemists & materials scientists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Chemists & materials scientists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Chemists & materials scientists.

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Industries by Share

96.8k
2020 Workforce
± 7,637
5.11%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.7%

The number of people employed as Chemists & materials scientists has been growing at a rate of 5.11%, from 92,131 people in 2019 to 96,835 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Chemists & materials scientists employed by various industries. Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing employs the largest share of Chemists & materials scientists at  20.5%, followed by Scientific research & development services with 14.8% and Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals with 13%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Chemists & materials scientists in the US. The average age of male Chemists & materials scientists in the workforce is 42.9 and of female Chemists & materials scientists is 39.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Chemists & materials scientists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

58.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,929
38.5k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,816

60.3% of Chemists & materials scientists are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Chemists & materials scientists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Chemists & materials scientists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

65.9% of Chemists & materials scientists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 17.9% of Chemists & materials scientists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Chemists & materials scientists.

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Age by Sex

42.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.38
39.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.58

The median age of Chemists & materials scientists is 41.5, and Male employees are generally 3.4 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Chemists & materials scientists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Chemists & materials scientists is Physical Sciences but a relatively high number of Chemists & materials scientists hold a major in Physical Sciences.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Chemists & materials scientists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chemists & materials scientists need many skills, but most especially Science and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Chemists & materials scientists need more than the average amount of Science, Operations Analysis, and Mathematics.

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