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2021 Highest Paid Chemistry Graduates

15,395 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,333 Avg Salary
$22,229 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Chemistry GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, chemistry was ranked #35. In fact, 15,395 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Chemistry list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Chemistry Graduates ranking, we looked at 118 colleges that offer a bachelor's in chemistry.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of Chemistry Majors

The average chemistry major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $35,333 per year during the early years of their career. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 11% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Chemistry Graduates from Schools Nationwide  35,333
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Chemistry Grads in United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid chemistry majors.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Chemistry Graduates

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to College of the Holy Cross. Located in the city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in chemistry from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $45,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, chemistry graduates from Holy Cross carry an average student debtload of $22,661. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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United States Naval Academy landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid chemistry school. Annapolis is a small public school located in the large suburb of Annapolis.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Madison. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison. Chemistry majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $45,700.

On average, chemistry graduates from Wisconsin take out $20,949 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $233, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid chemistry school. U of H is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Houston. Students who receive their bachelor's in chemistry from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $45,400.

While working on their bachelor's, chemistry majors at U of H accumulate an average of around $20,514 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $183.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Princeton University. Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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Our rankings recognize Northeastern University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the school is $45,300.

While working on their bachelor's, chemistry majors at Northeastern accumulate an average of around $22,288 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $265, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our rankings recognize Yale University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of New Haven.

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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Louisiana State University is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Baton Rouge. Chemistry majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $44,300.

The average amount in student loans that chemistry majors at Louisiana State University take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,904.

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St Lawrence University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. St. Lawrence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Canton.

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#6

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Bridgewater, Bridgewater State is a public college with a large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the school is $43,300.

Chemistry majors at Bridgewater State take out an average of $23,690 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Pennsylvania. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

On average, chemistry graduates from UPenn take out $19,486 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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Our rankings recognize University of Massachusetts Amherst as the #7 school in this year's rankings. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the school is $43,100.

On average, chemistry graduates from UMass Amherst take out $23,999 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Penn State Erie is a fairly small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Erie. Students who receive their bachelor's in chemistry from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $42,800.

While working on their bachelor's, chemistry majors at Penn State Erie accumulate an average of around $23,343 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $272.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public school with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in chemistry from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $42,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, chemistry graduates from Penn State University Park carry an average student debtload of $23,343. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $272.

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#9

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Our rankings recognize Kenyon College as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Gambier, Kenyon is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#10

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their bachelor's, chemistry majors at Brown accumulate an average of around $19,795 in student debt.

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University of Houston - Downtown comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. University of Houston - Downtown is a fairly large public school located in the city of Houston. Students who receive their bachelor's in chemistry from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $42,800.

On average, chemistry graduates from University of Houston - Downtown take out $23,615 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $201, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Grand Valley State University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid chemistry school. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale. Chemistry majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $42,700.

While working on their bachelor's, chemistry majors at GVSU accumulate an average of around $26,238 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Columbia University in the City of New York as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Chemistry majors at Columbia take out an average of $12,126 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#12

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the city of Columbus. Students who receive their bachelor's in chemistry from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $42,500.

While working on their bachelor's, chemistry majors at Ohio State accumulate an average of around $20,066 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $205, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas A&M University - College Station. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, chemistry majors make an average salary of $42,100.

On average, chemistry graduates from Texas A&M take out $21,990 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $257.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Chemistry Graduates

#28

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
#29

Duke University

Durham, NC
#33

Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY
#34

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#36

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#40

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#44

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#45

Boston University

Boston, MA
#46

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#47

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA
#48

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Chemistry Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 118 different United States chemistry schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
63 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
64 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
65 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
66 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
67 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
68 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
69 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
70 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
71 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
72 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
73 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
74 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
75 Lafayette College Easton, PA
76 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
77 Providence College Providence, RI
78 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
79 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
81 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
82 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
85 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
87 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
88 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
89 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
90 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
91 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
92 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
93 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
94 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
95 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
96 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
97 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
98 Iona College New Rochelle, NY
99 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
100 Rice University Houston, TX
102 American University Washington, DC
103 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
104 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC
105 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
106 Carleton College Northfield, MN
107 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
108 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
109 University of Denver Denver, CO
110 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
111 Kean University Union, NJ

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Chemistry students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Chemistry Graduates award.

Rank College Location
112 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
113 Baylor University Waco, TX
114 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
115 Colby College Waterville, ME
118 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
119 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
120 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
121 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
122 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
123 Stonehill College Easton, MA
124 Barnard College New York, NY
125 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
126 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
127 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
130 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
131 Drake University Des Moines, IA
132 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
135 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
136 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
138 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
139 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
140 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
141 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
142 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
144 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
145 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
146 Pomona College Claremont, CA
147 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
148 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
21 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
22 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
22 Colgate University Hamilton, NY
23 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
23 George Washington University Washington, DC
24 Saginaw Valley State University University Center, MI
25 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
25 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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