Chemical Information Bulletin, Volume 53 Number 2, Fall 2001 Page: 6
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SPECIAL DUES CATEGORIES
FOR ACS AND CINF
Did you know that there are special dues categories
for emeritus, retired or unemployed members?
* Emeritus Status-A member who has
accumulated at least 35 years of paid
membership, is retired from full-time
professional employment, and is over age 70
may request emeritus status. Members in
emeritus status pay no dues although emeritus
members may be charged dues for divisions and
local sections. Emeritus status, once granted,
continues automatically, and subsequent bills are
adjusted accordingly; it need not be requested
* Retired Status-A member who has
accumulated at least 30 years of paid
membership and is retired from full-time
professional employment may request retired
status. Membership dues are reduced by 50%
for members who qualify for retired status.
Retired status, once granted, continues
automatically, and subsequent bills are adjusted
accordingly. It need not be requested annually.
* Dues Waiver, Unemployed Members-A
member in good standing who becomes
unemployed and is seeking full-time professional
employment shall be entitled to a waiver of
membership dues. Such annual waiver shall
commence the following January 1 and may be
renewed for a second year so long as this status
This means that if you are retired, you qualify for a
50% reduction in your CINF dues. If you are 70 or
over (emeritus status), your membership is free. If
you meet the qualifications, all you need to do is
apply to the ACS for the national reduction in dues.
To apply to ACS, contact the Department of Member
Services at 800-227-5558 or (614) 447-3776, or email:
To get the reduction in CINF dues, you must also
apply to CINF. ACS does not pass through the
reduction request. To do this, send a request to the
Membership Chair (Ann Bolek). Once we verify
your status with ACS headquarters, we will modify
your CINF standing.
EARLY RESULTS FROM THE
CINF 2000 SALARY SURVEY
According to the August 14, 2000 C&E News, the
median salary for chemists in 2000 is $70,000.
Science information professionals reported, in the
CINF 2000 Salary Survey, a median salary of
$60,300. This seems to indicate that science
information professionals earn considerably less than
other chemists. In reality, science information
professionals who work in industrial or commercial
settings earn a similar amount as other chemists in
the same setting ($72,500 vs. $74,500). The big
discrepancy in salaries is in the academic sector,
where science information professionals earn 20%
less than other chemists ($46,000 vs. $58,000).
However, in the 1991 Survey, research into
respondents' degrees showed that only 7% of science
information professionals working in academia had
doctorates. According to the ACS 2000 survey
academic chemists with a Ph.D. earn 25% more than
those with a M.S. and 34% more than those with a
B.S. This leads to the conclusion that the science
information professional who works in academia
earns equivalent salaries to academic chemists when
educational achievements are considered. This
supposition will be further explored as the CINF
2000 Salary Survey analysis is completed.
Other interesting facts from early analysis of the
CINF 2000 Salary Survey:
Location, Location, Location
* Most industrial or commercial information
professionals work in CA (9%), NJ (15%), OH
(9.6%), and PA (9.6).
* Academic information professionals are more
spread out, with the highest concentrations in CA
(10%) and NY (11.6%).
* Science information professionals who work in
other types of organizations (consulting, not for
profit, and governmental) are concentrated in OH
(43.6%) and MD (12.7%).
Salaries vary by state
* Science information professionals in DC earn the
* CA has the second highest total number of
employees; however, the average salary for all
workers there is 6th on the list below MN and
WI. That appears to be caused in part by the
high number of academic employees. When
only industrial employees are considered CA has
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