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How will your chemistry education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your chemistry education with chemistry education around the nation. There are 1,315 traditional chemistry schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had chemistry programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In the US, 18,371 students graduated from chemistry programs in 2010. Of these students, 452 graduated from certificate programs in chemistry, 13,295 graduated from undergraduate programs in chemistry, and 4,624 graduated from graduate-level programs in chemistry.


Students can pursue education in chemistry at the following levels:

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

During the course of their chemistry education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Data Recording
  • Inductive and Deductive Reasoning


On average in 2010, chemistry schools in the US charged $29,769 in tuition per year. The chemistry schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Vassar College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York, students paid $41,930
  3. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655

The lowest tuition was charged by the following chemistry schools:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176
  3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692

How will your chemistry job compare?

The highest percentage of chemistry graduates pursue careers as chemists. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 80,180 chemists working in the US. The largest populations of chemists are in the following states:

  1. California - 10,870 Chemists
  2. New Jersey - 5,640 Chemists
  3. Texas - 5,080 Chemists

Projected Growth

The number of chemists is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 24%
  2. Idaho - 16%
  3. Oregon - 12%


A chemist in the US earns $69,180 per year on average. However, factors such as your previous performance reviews, your exact job description, or work conditions can cause the salary for a chemist to vary greatly. A chemist in the US can earn anywhere from less than $22,260 per year to more than $155,490 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a chemist:

  1. Washington DC - $112,000 per year
  2. Maryland - $98,890 per year
  3. New Mexico - $94,730 per year

On average, a chemist earns the least in the following states:

  1. Montana - $47,790 per year
  2. South Dakota - $51,340 per year
  3. Vermont - $52,190 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Chemists 80,180 $73,240 4.8%
Chemical Technicians 59,440 $44,200 -0.6%
Chemical Plant and System Operators 43,130 $54,700 -26.4%