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Schools Offering Chemistry Programs in California

Approximately 0.2% of graduates in of California receive chemistry degrees every year. Thus, California's 121 chemistry schools put out approximately 1,871 chemists each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California with a chemistry program is Stanford University, which is located in Stanford. In 2010, it was ranked 2nd nationwide. 55 students graduated with a degree in chemistry from Stanford University in 2010. Students at Stanford University paid $40,172 per year in tuition fees.

University of California-Berkeley, which is located in Berkeley, is the second-ranked school in California that has a chemistry program. It received a ranking of 5th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 198 students graduated from University of California-Berkeley chemistry program. Tuition at University of California-Berkeley was $10,940 per year.

The third-ranked school in California with a chemistry program is University of California-Los Angeles, which is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, it was ranked 5th nationwide. In 2010, University of California-Los Angeles graduated 138 students from its chemistry programs. Tuition at University of California-Los Angeles was $10,781 per year.


Chemistry schools in California, charge students an average tuition of $11,153 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $41,130 per year, or as little as $624 per year. The California chemistry schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Pitzer College - located in Claremont, students are charged $41,130 per year
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  3. Occidental College - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $40,939 per year

The following California chemistry schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. West Hills College Lemoore - located in Lemoore, students are charged $624 per year
  2. Cosumnes River College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  3. College of the Siskiyous - located in Weed, students are charged $650 per year

A chemistry degree from a California school... what next?

A large number of California chemistry graduates become chemists. 10,870 chemists were working in California in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of California chemists:

  1. San Diego County - 2,200 chemists
  2. Los Angeles County - 2,130 chemists
  3. Alameda County - 1,510 chemists

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 11,600 chemists will be working in California state. This would require the number of chemists to grow by 6%.


On average, chemists earn $81,240 per year. In 2010, however, some California chemists earned as little as less than $28,850 per year or as much as more than $153,640 per year. The counties in California with the highest average salary for a chemist are:

  1. Kern County - $102,040 per year
  2. Marin County - $98,600 per year
  3. San Diego County - $94,260 per year

The California counties with the lowest average salary for chemists are:

  1. Fresno County - $54,120 per year
  2. Riverside County - $58,440 per year
  3. Los Angeles County - $67,490 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional California statistics regarding a career in chemistry. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as physics or chemistry.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Chemistry in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in California
  • Master's Degree in Chemistry in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Chemistry in California
  • Certificate in Chemistry in California

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Chemists 10,870 $81,240 26.4%
Chemical Technicians 6,730 $45,590 46.6%
Chemical Plant and System Operators 1,090 $52,500 -6.8%

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