Polymer Chemistry is well known for bringing birth to inventions (or creations) of things like Kevlar which is a very popular nylon used in law enforcement to make vests, gloves and other accessories that are mostly bullet proof because of the amazing properties created by Stephanie Kwolek. So hopefully you can see some of the importance that a Polymer Chemist can provide to the world. Due to their specific specialization in a branch of chemistry, Polymer Chemists can make good money and get paid well for their chemistry work. The focus of their work is on chemical synthesis and chemical properties of polymers or macromolecules which is why it’s called Polymer Chemistry.
Looking at overall world trends (above) of people looking for information on polymer chemists didn’t really start until 2007 and then the interest in the world has taken off for people learning about polymer chemists or trying to find them to hire them. The interest has it’s peaks and valleys but every since people were utilizing these chemists specializing in polymers it’s been consistent and interest has remained on the radar.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide an exact reference to only polymer chemists but they do give an overview of the entire industry of Chemists and Materials Scientists. The median salary for a person in chemistry was reported as $69,790 a year in for 2010 data. The educational requirements are said to be a Bachelor’s degree which would obviously be in a focus around chemistry. In 2010 the amount of jobs available to potential chemists was 90,900 in the United States. The growth of the Polymer Chemist job market is expected to see around 4% growth over the next 10 years and adding about 4,000 chemistry jobs on the market. Wages for the most experienced Polymer Chemists can be as high as $116,130 a year if you end up in the top 10% of professionals. It looks as if jobs in the Federal Government pay the most for chemistry professionals at about $100,910 a year.
Either way, it’s important to take a look at where you’ll be working as a polymer chemist because it can dramatically effect the amount you’re paid. Our state by state polymer chemist salary data below shows you how much you’ll make in each state in the United States. We’ll also list the top 12 paying states for people in the Polymer Chemist job title.
Top 12 Highest Paying States for Polymer Chemist
- Mississippi – $86,000
- New York – $85,000
- Washington DC – $84,000
- Virginia – $83,000
- California $81,000
- Connecticut – $79,000
- Georgia – $79,000
- New Jersey – $77,000
- Illinois – $77,000
- Maryland – $74,000
- Rhode Island – $74,000
- Virgina Islands – $74,000
Listed below is information that is specific to Polymer Chemist job salaries that you can expect to receive in that state area. Our state by state breakdown allows you to see which state is best to get a job as a Polymer Chemist. The salary information provided below is off of real-world job listings for Polymer Chemists and the pay offered for those jobs. We source Indeed, Simply Hired, PayScale and GlassDoor.com. The information provided by Indeed about their process for collecting salary averages is as follows: “Indeed Salary Search is based on an index of salary information extracted from over 50 million job postings from thousands of unique sources over the last 12 months. Many job descriptions don’t contain salary information, but there are enough that do to produce statistically significant median salaries for millions of keyword, job title and location combinations – in fact, most job searches you are likely to think of. As new jobs are added each day, the Indeed Salary Search index is automatically updated with fresh salary data, so the salary results are as up-to-date as they could possibly be.”