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What will I earn?

How much will I earn if I have a career in chemistry?

The 2017 What do Graduates report showed that starting salaries for chemistry graduates six months after graduation ranged between £18,200 - £26,600. This compares to the UK average of £23,078. Over 70% of chemistry students entered a professional or managerial role after graduation with double the UK average going into further study showing continuing demand for higher-level qualifications. 

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The Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2017 Pay & Reward survey showed a median salary of £45,000 for member-respondents* with an annual median bonus of £4,500. Members with PhDs showed higher earning potential during their career over other qualifications. 

If you want to find out more about salaries in a particular career area, current job advertisements are a good source of information. Newspapers, career websites and magazines focusing on topics relevant to your area of interest are good places to start. Remember that salaries depend on a large number of factors, including qualifications required, geographical location, experience and age of applicant, size and type of the organisation.

Useful websites

Chemistry World Jobs

Payscale.com

Glassdoor

LinkedIn

Salary guide for chemists - Republic of Ireland

 

*Results based on 6,967 members of the Royal Society of Chemistry who responded to the 2017 survey with profiles representative of current membership. 

 

Updated February 2018