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Chemist Average Salary in Ireland 2020

How much money does a Chemist make in Ireland?


Average Yearly Salary
75,900 EUR
( 6,330 EUR monthly)

LOW
37,200
EUR
AVERAGE
75,900
EUR
HIGH
118,000
EUR

A person working as a Chemist in Ireland typically earns around 75,900 EUR per year. Salaries range from 37,200 EUR (lowest) to 118,000 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Chemist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Chemist Salary Distribution in Ireland

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Chemist salaries in Ireland range from 37,200 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 118,000 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 77,400 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chemist(s) are earning less than 77,400 EUR while the other half are earning more than 77,400 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Chemist(s) are earning less than 51,600 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 51,600 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chemist(s) are earning less than 99,900 EUR while 25% are earning more than 99,900 EUR.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Chemist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Chemist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Chemist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 44,100 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 56,700 EUR per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 78,200 EUR per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Chemist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 96,900 EUR per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 104,000 EUR per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 111,000 EUR per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Chemist average salary change by experience in Ireland

0 - 2 Years
44,100 EUR
2 - 5 Years+29%
56,700 EUR
5 - 10 Years+38%
78,200 EUR
10 - 15 Years+24%
96,900 EUR
15 - 20 Years+7%
104,000 EUR
20+ Years+7%
111,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Chemist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Chemist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Chemist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Chemist is 51,800 EUR per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 71,300 EUR per year, 38% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 117,000 EUR per year, 64% more than someone with a Master's Degree.


Chemist average salary difference by education level in Ireland

Bachelor's Degree
51,800 EUR
Master's Degree+38%
71,300 EUR
PhD+64%
117,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Ireland costs anywhere from 16,000 Euro(s) to 48,100 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Chemist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Ireland Chemist
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Chemist employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
77,600 EUR
Female-5%
73,900 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ireland for all Careers

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Chemist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ireland

How much are annual salary increments in Ireland for Chemist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Chemist

Chemist(s) in Ireland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Ireland / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Ireland is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
5%
Energy
1%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
2%
Travel
7%
Construction
3%
Education
8%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ireland for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Chemist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ireland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ireland Chemist
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A Chemist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
58%
No Bonus
42%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Chemist Average Hourly Wage in Ireland


36 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ireland is 36 EUR. This means that the average Chemist in Ireland earns approximately 36 EUR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Chemist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Chemist and Science and Technical Services yearly Ireland
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The average salary for Chemist is 47% more than that of Science and Technical Services. Also, Science and Technical Services salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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3D Lab Technologist39,000 EUR-49%
Algorithm Developer52,700 EUR-31%
Analytical Chemist71,900 EUR-5%
Anthropologist56,100 EUR-26%
Archeologist50,300 EUR-34%
Assistant Breeder25,800 EUR-66%
Astronomer86,800 EUR+14%
Atmospheric and Space Scientist71,900 EUR-5%
Behavior Analyst47,200 EUR-38%
Behavior Intervention Specialist52,300 EUR-31%
Biochemist78,700 EUR+4%
Biofuels Processing Technician32,300 EUR-57%
Biofuels Production Manager57,400 EUR-24%
Biologist80,500 EUR+6%
Biomedical Scientist87,600 EUR+15%
Biophysicist84,900 EUR+12%
Chemical Engineer38,200 EUR-50%
Chemical Technologist35,800 EUR-53%
Chemist75,900 EUR-0%
Chief Technologist70,700 EUR-7%
Climate Change Analyst56,500 EUR-26%
Clinical Laboratory Scientist89,100 EUR+17%
Computer Scientist67,200 EUR-11%
Conservation Scientist67,400 EUR-11%
Data Scientist61,500 EUR-19%
DNA Analyst84,800 EUR+12%
Ecologist65,600 EUR-14%
Economic Development Specialist66,500 EUR-12%
Flavourist28,300 EUR-63%
Food Scientist51,700 EUR-32%
Forensic Scientist66,600 EUR-12%
Formulation Technologist32,700 EUR-57%
Fraud Investigator41,000 EUR-46%
Genomics Scientist83,800 EUR+10%
Geographer44,000 EUR-42%
Geographic Information Systems Technician28,300 EUR-63%
Geological Data Technician28,200 EUR-63%
Geological Technician35,100 EUR-54%
Geologist67,200 EUR-11%
Geomatics Scientist66,300 EUR-13%
Geophysical Data Technician26,900 EUR-65%
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist63,100 EUR-17%
Hydrologist52,700 EUR-31%
Industrial Ecologist57,100 EUR-25%
Intelligence Analyst48,700 EUR-36%
Knowledge Management Specialist39,900 EUR-47%
Laboratory Manager56,000 EUR-26%
Laboratory Researcher37,800 EUR-50%
Laboratory Technician24,000 EUR-68%
Life Sciences Analyst57,200 EUR-25%
Life Scientist63,700 EUR-16%
Marine Architect51,500 EUR-32%
Marine Biologist60,600 EUR-20%
Marine Superintendent35,500 EUR-53%
Materials Analyst35,800 EUR-53%
Materials Scientist61,000 EUR-20%
Mathematician64,800 EUR-15%
Medical Scientist86,400 EUR+14%
Metallurgist59,400 EUR-22%
Meteorologist59,600 EUR-21%
Microbiologist88,000 EUR+16%
Natural Language Processing Researcher51,400 EUR-32%
Natural Resource Specialist46,900 EUR-38%
Natural Sciences Manager79,300 EUR+4%
Nuclear Engineer90,200 EUR+19%
Physical Scientist68,700 EUR-9%
Physicist83,000 EUR+9%
Political Scientist66,500 EUR-12%
Polygraph Examiner23,500 EUR-69%
Polysomnographic Technologist40,300 EUR-47%
Product Development Scientist69,400 EUR-9%
Quantitative Research Analyst56,400 EUR-26%
Quantitative Researcher56,600 EUR-25%
Radiation Protection Specialist46,000 EUR-39%
Refrigeration Technician20,000 EUR-74%
Research Scientist58,400 EUR-23%
Risk Safety Engineer38,500 EUR-49%
Scientific Photographer36,500 EUR-52%
Scientific Programmer52,000 EUR-31%
Scientist62,800 EUR-17%
Service Engineer37,900 EUR-50%
Service Technician26,200 EUR-65%
Social Science Research Assistant36,500 EUR-52%
Social Scientist67,800 EUR-11%
Sociologist59,300 EUR-22%
Soil Scientist50,100 EUR-34%
Statistical Analyst36,500 EUR-52%
Statistical Assistant26,700 EUR-65%
Statistician58,800 EUR-23%
Survey Analyst36,500 EUR-52%
Survey Researcher34,100 EUR-55%
Surveying and Mapping Technician23,300 EUR-69%
Team Leader51,900 EUR-32%
Technical Manager56,500 EUR-26%
Technical Officer24,500 EUR-68%
Technical Service Director73,600 EUR-3%
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist38,000 EUR-50%
Technical Services Research and Development Manager84,100 EUR+11%
Technical Services Research Coordinator41,400 EUR-45%
Technician23,600 EUR-69%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cork85,500 EUR
Dublin82,800 EUR
Galway75,700 EUR
Limerick78,700 EUR
Waterford68,600 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
37,600 EUR
Public Sector+5%
39,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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