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Considering a career as a Chemist in Pennsylvania?

3.3% Jobs Projection
$71,600 Median Salary
500 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Chemists in Pennsylvania are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Chemists in Pennsylvania is growing slower than average.

  • Chemists in Pennsylvania earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Chemists Work in Pennsylvania?

In 2018, there were 5,460 Chemists working in the state.

There were 5,280 Chemists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 180 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Pennsylvania

Jobs for Chemists in this state are growing at a rate of 3.3% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.5%.


Pennsylvania Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 500 annual job openings, and 5,600 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 Pennsylvania?

In 2018 wages for Chemists ranged from $40,670 to $124,410 with $71,600 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $19.56 to $59.81. The median hourly rate was $34.42.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $33.51 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.91.

The median salary in Pennsylvania is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Pennsylvania Metros for Chemists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Chemists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,960 $86,160
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,280 $89,830
Pittsburgh, PA 980 $73,530
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 340 $73,750
York-Hanover, PA 170 $68,130
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 130 $60,270
Reading, PA 80 $57,190
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA 60 $69,620

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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