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Schools Offering Chemistry Programs in Iowa

Around 0.1% of Iowa's graduates graduate from chemistry degree programs every year. Thus, Iowa's 23 chemistry schools put out approximately 136 chemists each year.

Top Schools

Luther College, which was ranked 29th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Iowa that has a chemistry program. It is located in Decorah. In 2010, 9 students graduated from Luther College's chemistry program. The tuition rate at Luther College was $33,480 per year.

Cornell College, which is located in Mount Vernon, is the second-ranked school in Iowa that has a chemistry program. It received a ranking of 31st in the country in 2010. 5 students graduated with degree in chemistry from Cornell College in 2010. Tuition at Cornell College was $31,050 per year.

Coe College, which was ranked 31st nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Iowa that has a chemistry program. It is located in Cedar Rapids. 3 students graduated with degree in chemistry from Coe College in 2010. Coe College charged in-state students $30,860 in tuition fees per year.


Chemistry schools in Iowa, charge students an average tuition of $22,901 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $37,482 per year, or as little as $3,990 per year. In 2010, the following Iowa chemistry schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Grinnell College - located in Grinnell, students are charged $37,482 per year
  2. Luther College - located in Decorah, students are charged $33,480 per year
  3. Cornell College - located in Mount Vernon, students are charged $31,050 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Iowa chemistry schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Iowa Central Community College - located in Fort Dodge, students are charged $3,990 per year
  2. Iowa State University - located in Ames, students are charged $6,997 per year
  3. University of Northern Iowa - located in Cedar Falls, students are charged $7,008 per year

A chemistry degree from an Iowa school... what next?

Most people who graduate from chemistry school in Iowa go on to work as a chemist. Iowa had 500 chemists in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Iowa chemists:

  1. Johnson County - 140 chemists
  2. Appanoose County - 90 chemists
  3. Allamakee County - 70 chemists

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of chemists in the state of Iowa will grow to 520. This would require a 7% growth in the profession.


On average, a chemist earns a salary of $65,570 per year in Iowa state. However, Iowa chemists earned anywhere in the range from as less than $36,110 per year to more than $113,540 per year in 2010. A chemist in the following Iowa counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Allamakee County - $86,590 per year
  2. Story County - $74,540 per year
  3. Benton County - $68,540 per year

The following counties in Iowa have the lowest average salaries for chemists:

  1. Johnson County - $58,630 per year
  2. Appanoose County - $61,320 per year
  3. Buena Vista County - $67,550 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Iowa 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 Iowa
  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in Iowa
  • Master's Degree in Chemistry in Iowa
  • Doctoral Degree in Chemistry in Iowa

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Chemical Plant and System Operators 880 $45,810 0.0%
Chemists 500 $65,570 25.0%
Chemical Technicians 450 $39,680 4.7%

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