- The 2018/19 What Do Graduates Do report showed that the highest starting salary for chemistry graduates six months after graduation was £27,500. The UK average salary was £22,399.
- 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.
- Over 70% of chemistry students entered a professional or managerial role after graduation
- The contribution (direct, indirect and induced) of chemistry-using professionals to UK GDP was estimated to be £87 billion in 2019.
- There are estimated to have been 275,000 chemistry-using jobs in the UK in 2019, with a further 425,000 jobs supported by this workforce throughout the UK economy.
Salaries depend on a large number of factors, including qualifications required, location, experience, size and type of the organisation.
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*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