Chemists & materials scientists

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Total Workforce
95.4k
Average Age
41.1
Average Salary
$88,171
Average Male Salary
$93,825
Average Female Salary
$78,312

About

Chemists & materials scientists are most often employed by the Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Chemists & materials scientists was $88,171 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Chemists & materials scientists by wage are Construction managers, Producers & directors, and Firstline supervisors of nonretail sales workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Chemists & materials scientists are Kalamazoo County (Outer) PUMA, MI, Rockville, Gaithersburg Cities & North Potomac PUMA, MD, and Middlesex County (Southwest) PUMA, NJ. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Chemists & materials scientists are Kalamazoo County (Outer) PUMA, MI, Middlesex County (Southwest) PUMA, NJ, and Coatesville City PUMA, PA.

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 Oil & gas extraction. Chemists & materials scientists are paid most in Coatesville City PUMA, PA but are relatively concentrated in Kalamazoo County (Outer) PUMA, MI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$88,171
AVERAGE SALARY
± $5,531

In 2018, Chemists & materials scientists earned an average of $88,171, $34,283 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Firstline supervisors of nonretail sales workers make somewhat more than Chemists & materials scientists while Construction managers 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

0.335
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Chemists & materials scientists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.335, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Chemists & materials scientists

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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Chemists & materials scientists, by number of employees, are Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing, Scientific research & development services, and Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals.

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Industries by Share

95.4k
2018 Workforce
± 7,579
13.2%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.3%

The number of people employed as Chemists & materials scientists has been growing at a rate of 13.2%, from 84,253 people in 2017 to 95,355 people in 2018.

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  21.5%, followed by Scientific research & development services with 14% and Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals with 12.2%.

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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 41.4 and of female Chemists & materials scientists is 40.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Chemists & materials scientists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

60.6k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,043
34.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,576

63.6% of Chemists & materials scientists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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. White (Hispanic)

64.5% of Chemists & materials scientists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 20.3% 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 Gender

41.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.37
40.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.69

The median age of Chemists & materials scientists is 41.1, and Male employees are generally 0.788 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, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

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