Average Salary for Biogen Idec Employees

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Biogen Idec offers a range of employment opportunities in the biotechnology sector, from Research Scientist to Clinical Trial Manager. The median income for Biogen Idec employees is $84K per year. What you do at the company influences pay for Biogen Idec workers the most, followed by your experience level and your city. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Biogen Idec typically pays:
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Employer: Biogen Idec
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
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[-]Associate Research Scientist (5)
$43,463 - $95,391  
[-]Associate Research Scientist (5)
Salary$45,490 - $91,567  
Bonus$930 - $5,821  
Total Pay$43,463 - $95,391  
[+]Research Scientist (4)
$47,640 - $96,575  
[+]Research Scientist (4)
Salary$49,251 - $94,035  
Total Pay$47,640 - $96,575  
[+]Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology (3)
$76,519 - $143,435  
[+]Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology (3)
Salary$77,135 - $134,460  
Total Pay$76,519 - $143,435  
[+]Executive Assistant (2)
$47,329 - $100,089  
[+]Executive Assistant (2)
Total Pay$47,329 - $100,089  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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About This Company

14 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142


Biotechnology, Biological Product (except Diagnostic) Manufacturing

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Nearing the top of the pay scale are Information Technology Directors, Clinical Trial Managers, Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, and Information Technology Operations Managers; while the first receives the highest median pay at $164K, the other salaries come in at around $102K, $100K, and about $86K, respectively. Associate Research Scientists at Biogen Idec do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (approximately $67K) at the company.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically $71K. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to approximately $79K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (32 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $95K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $101K per year) can be spotted in Boston; the company's headquarter city of Cambridge ($84K), Durham (about $82K), and Cary ($80K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Raleigh — at $71K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Within the firm, employees working in Massachusetts take home the most — about $88K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Microsoft Certified Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $86K. Acquiring certification to be a Comptia A+ Service Technician is rewarded at around $86K per year. Employees who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) make the most here, hauling in $105K annually.


In this position, it pays to have Regulatory Compliance in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $138K. A common skill in Biogen Idec's work force is Biotechnology; about one in five of survey participants report using it on the job. Molecular Biology, Project Management, and Data Analysis were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

Nearly all workers save for retirement through Biogen Idec's 401(k) plan. Health insurance is part of the package for the greater part of workers, and for a fair portion of workers, dental coverage is too. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, a stock purchase plan, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and free drinks.

Key Stats for Biogen Idec


42 %
58 %
$58,466 - $100,000
$52,273 - $111,288
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

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