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Average Salary for Biogen Idec Employees

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, biotechnology industry player Biogen Idec offers many employment opportunities, including Research Scientist and Information Technology Operations Manager positions. Biogen Idec employees typically bring home $86K annually. Though how long you've been working and your city do impact pay, your job title is the primary influence on employee salary at Biogen Idec. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

Biogen Idec typically pays:
above market

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Employer: Biogen Idec
Average Salary Range by Job
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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Research Scientist (4)
$47,710 - $97,602  
[-]Research Scientist (4)
Salary$48,792 - $94,748  
Total Pay$47,710 - $97,602  
[+]Associate Research Scientist (4)
$44,850 - $83,583  
[+]Associate Research Scientist (4)
Salary$45,995 - $87,087  
Bonus$864 - $5,386  
Total Pay$44,850 - $83,583  
[+]Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology (3)
$76,596 - $142,648  
[+]Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology (3)
Salary$79,556 - $133,950  
Total Pay$76,596 - $142,648  
[+]Information Technology (IT) Director (2)
$148,399 - $285,156  
[+]Information Technology (IT) Director (2)
Salary$118,447 - $200,108  
Bonus$9,524 - $62,762  
Profit Disbursement$3,113 - $35,804  
Total Pay$148,399 - $285,156  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Biogen Idec Details

14 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142


Biotechnology, Biological Product (except Diagnostic) Manufacturing

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Information Technology Directors are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing about $164K; Biotechnology Research Scientists are next on the list, bringing in close to $104K, followed by Clinical Trial Managers earning approximately $102K and Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists making around $100K. Financial compensation for Associate Research Scientists is rather low — only $64K — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Between the five- and ten-year marks, the average employee earns $79K. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make about $71K. In a nutshell, the largest fraction of Biogen Idec people (32 percent) have been in their field for 10-19 years and earn $97K per year.


Median pay is highest in Boston (approximately $101K annually), followed by the company's headquarter city of Cambridge (around $87K), Durham ($82K), and Raleigh ($71K). U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Massachusetts; salaries there average to around $89K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to $116K for Certified Public Accountant s, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Salaries typically rise to approximately $86K annually for accredited Microsoft Certified Professionals. Those with a Doctorate (PhD) at Biogen Idec come out on top, and their salaries approach about $106K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have may be People Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $132K. A garden variety skill at Biogen Idec is Biotechnology; approximately one-fifth of Biogen Idec's people use it regularly. Molecular Biology, Data Analysis, and Project Management are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

Almost all employees save for retirement through Biogen Idec's 401(k) plan. The greater part of workers report having health insurance, and most workers report having dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to flexible hours, life insurance, a stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, and free drinks.

Key Stats

43 %
57 %
$58,723 - $102,789
$52,025 - $110,017
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

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