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Chemists in California

Is California a good place for you to work as a Chemist?

10.1% Jobs Projection
$79,990 Median Salary
1,220 Job Openings

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.

Chemists in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 730 Chemists working in it, which means California has more Chemists than average.

Chemists in CA vs. the Average State

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%.

Job Projections for Chemists: Nation vs. CA

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.

Chemists Earnings: CA vs. National Average

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
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 430 $77,250
Bakersfield, CA 210 $88,840
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 210 $68,610
Santa Rosa, CA 200 $72,010
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 180 $64,870
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 180 $74,840
Fresno, CA 120 $40,160
Napa, CA 60 $60,760
Salinas, CA 40 $101,870
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
California 10,430 $79,990
New Jersey 7,460 $89,000
Pennsylvania 5,460 $71,600
Texas 5,160 $78,810
North Carolina 4,370 $71,960
Ohio 4,010 $67,500
Michigan 3,620 $73,470
New York 3,360 $76,750
Maryland 3,100 $116,360
Massachusetts 2,890 $87,240
Illinois 2,870 $68,160
Indiana 2,820 $62,160
Florida 2,010 $62,400
Minnesota 2,010 $83,090
Wisconsin 1,970 $69,810
Missouri 1,920 $66,830
Washington 1,720 $80,550
Colorado 1,700 $72,120
South Carolina 1,450 $63,530
Delaware 1,420 $102,470

Below are the states where Chemists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $124,710
Maryland $116,360
Delaware $102,470
Virginia $95,590
New Jersey $89,000
Massachusetts $87,240
New Mexico $86,910
North Dakota $86,040
Connecticut $85,510
Alaska $83,700

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