How much will I earn if I have a career in chemistry?
The 2018/19 What Do Graduates Do report (pdf) showed that the highest starting salaries for chemistry graduates six months after graduation was £27,500. This compares to the UK average starting salary of £22,399. 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 from employers.
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2019 Pay & Reward survey showed a median salary of £45,500 for member-respondents* with an annual median bonus of £4,000. Early career members earned a median salary of £33,200. 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. Career websites and magazines focusing on topics relevant to your area of interest are good places to start. Salaries depend on a large number of factors, including qualifications required, location, experience, size and type of the organisation.
*Results based on 6,194 members of the Royal Society of Chemistry who responded to the 2017 survey with profiles representative of current membership.
Updated January 2020