2014 Spectroscopy Salary Survey

April 8, 2014

Spectroscopy

Our annual salary survey took a look at the employment markets faced by spectroscopists in 2014, and the results were surprising.

Our annual salary survey took a look at the employment markets faced by spectroscopists in 2014, and the results were surprising. The average salary has decreased for the first time since 2008, with government and nationally funded laboratory employees experiencing the biggest drop in average salary. Here is a selection of statistics that we collected this year:

Salary and Employment Field:

The average salary was $81,990. Respondents in the Northwest had the best-paid jobs with an average salary reported of $106,318.

The primary field of analysis was analytical chemistry with 57% of respondents, followed by: 9% environmental; 7% pharmaceuticals; 4% agriculture/food; 3% biotechnology; 2% electronics/semiconductors; 2% energy and petroleum; 2% forensics and narcotics; 5% instrumental design/development; 2% medical biology; 2% metallurgy; 3% organic chemicals;