Average Salary for Cosmetic Chemists
As of 2010, cosmetic chemists earn an average salary of $58,000 per year, according to the McCann Technical School of Massachusetts. Those who reach the level of senior cosmetic chemist can earn $90,000 per year or more.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that chemists in the U.S. earn an average starting salary of just under $40,000 as of 2009. The mean salary for chemists is $35.21 per hour, or $73,240 per year. The median salary for this field is $32.85 per hour, or $68,320 annually. The top 10 percent of earners average $116,130, while the bottom 10 percent earn $39,250.
Salary by Specialization
Chemists involved in basic chemical manufacturing earn a mean salary of $72,760 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These professionals develop the ingredients that go into your favorite products, including cosmetics, perfumes and lotions. Chemists involved in research and development earn an average of $81,490 as of 2010. Finally, those who produce soaps, cleaning compounds and toiletries earn $67,260 on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Salary by State
Chemists in Washington DC enjoy the highest wages in the country for this profession, with an average salary of $112,000. Those in Maryland and New Mexico earn the next highest wages, with mean salaries of $98,890 and $94,730 respectively. Delaware and Massachusetts round out the top five best paying states for this field.