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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




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