Cosmetic Chemist

Cosmetic Chemists work in beauty manufacturing developing beauty products.

What does a Cosmetic Chemist do?

Cosmetic Chemists work in beauty manufacturing developing beauty products. They create cosmetic shades and colors by experimenting with pigments. These scientists formulate ingredients for skincare, personal care, and color cosmetic products based on scientific research. They also work in product testing to ensure consumer safety and oversee the manufacturing process for compliance with health and safety protocols.

How much does this career make?

According to Comparably, Cosmetic Chemists maintain a national annual salary of $70,659, which is an hourly wage of $30.92. In general, entry-level producers start around $52,000 annually. Senior-level producers make an annual average of $161,631. The range in salary widely depends on factors including skill and seniority level.

What impact does this career have towards the beauty industry?

Cosmetic Chemists are important to consumer health and safety. They test ingredients before products reach the market to ensure consumer well-being. Chemists also keep product lines fresh and relevant by developing new, innovative products.

What is the job outlook for a Cosmetic Chemist?

Projections show that beauty industry revenue will increase to $480.4 by 2030. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for chemists and material scientists (including Cosmetic Chemists) are expected to increase at a rate of 6% percent during the 2019-2029 decade (

Ron Robinson, Cosmetic Chemist

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Ron Robinson
Beauty Business Essentials contributor, Cosmetic Chemist & Founder of BeautyStat Cosmetics

Brands He’s Worked With: BeautyStat, Clinique, L’Oreal, Revlon, and Avon

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