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Schools Offering Chemistry Programs in Pennsylvania

Around 0.3% of Pennsylvania's graduates graduate from chemistry degree programs every year. That means an estimated 1,058 chemists graduate from Pennsylvania's 92 chemistry schools each year.

Top Schools

University of Pennsylvania, which is located in Philadelphia, is the top-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a chemistry program. It received a ranking of 4th in the country in 2010. 70 students graduated with a degree in chemistry from University of Pennsylvania in 2010. The tuition rate at University of Pennsylvania was $40,514 per year.

Swarthmore College, which is located in Swarthmore, is the second-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a chemistry program. It received a ranking of 15th in the country in 2010. 8 students graduated with degree in chemistry from Swarthmore College in 2010. Students at Swarthmore College paid $39,600 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a chemistry program is Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon University, which was ranked 16th in the country in 2010, is located in Pittsburgh. In 2010, Carnegie Mellon University graduated 78 students from its chemistry programs. Carnegie Mellon University charged in-state students $42,136 in tuition fees per year.


Chemistry schools in Pennsylvania, charge students an average tuition of $23,104 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $42,342 per year, or as little as $2,700 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Pennsylvania chemistry schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Bucknell University - located in Lewisburg, students are charged $42,342 per year
  2. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $42,136 per year
  3. Dickinson College - located in Carlisle, students are charged $41,520 per year

The following Pennsylvania chemistry schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Westmoreland County Community College - located in Youngwood, students are charged $2,700 per year
  2. Community College of Allegheny County - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $2,720 per year
  3. Lehigh Carbon Community College - located in Schnecksville, students are charged $3,120 per year

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

A large number of Pennsylvania chemistry graduates become chemists. Pennsylvania had 4,250 chemists in 2010. The largest populations of Pennsylvania chemists are working in the following counties:

  1. Bucks County - 2,330 chemists
  2. Allegheny County - 630 chemists
  3. Warren County - 260 chemists

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 5,250 chemists will be working in Pennsylvania state. This would require the number of chemists to grow by 3%.


A chemist in Pennsylvania makes an average of $68,940 per year. However, this number is only an average. chemists in Pennsylvania had varying salaries from $23,220 to $120,590 per year in 2010. The counties in Pennsylvania with the highest average salary for a chemist are:

  1. Bucks County - $75,950 per year
  2. Warren County - $75,720 per year
  3. Adams County - $74,910 per year

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

  1. Bedford County - $39,610 per year
  2. Clarion County - $44,920 per year
  3. Cumberland County - $53,590 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Pennsylvania statistics regarding a career in chemistry and to compare salaries with a variety of 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 Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in Pennsylvania
  • Master's Degree in Chemistry in Pennsylvania
  • Doctoral Degree in Chemistry in Pennsylvania

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Chemists 4,250 $68,940 18.4%
Chemical Technicians 3,070 $45,780 -16.3%
Chemical Plant and System Operators 1,770 $52,090 -67.8%

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