Chemists in California
Is California a good place for you to work as a Chemist?
You’re in luck! Jobs for Chemists in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Chemists in California is growing faster than average.
Chemists in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Chemists Work in California?
In California, there were 10,430 people working as Chemists in the year 2018.
There were 10,550 Chemists employed in this state in 2017.
That’s a decline of 120 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 730 Chemists working in it, which means California has more Chemists than average.
Job Projections for California
Jobs for Chemists in this state are growing at a rate of 10.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.5%.
California Annual Job Openings
The BLS estimates there will be 1,220 annual job openings, and 13,100 total jobs in 2026 for Chemists in this state.
Nationwide, the prediction is 8,600 annual jobs and 94,000 total jobs in 2026.
What do Chemists Make in California?
In 2018 wages for Chemists ranged from $44,790 to $143,490 with $79,990 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $21.53 to $68.99. The median hourly rate was $38.46.
In 2017 the median pay for this field was $38.23 an hour.
The hourly rate grew by $0.23.
The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top California Metros for Chemists
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Chemists.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||3,140||$100,250|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||2,990||$68,170|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||1,320||$70,600|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||550||$92,140|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||430||$70,980|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||210||$68,610|
|Santa Rosa, CA||200||$72,010|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||180||$64,870|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||40||$81,990|
Top States for Chemists Employment
View the list below to see where most Chemists work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
Below are the states where Chemists get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$124,710|
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- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
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