Average Salary for Biogen Idec Employees

Based in Cambridge, Mass.,biotechnology player Biogen Idec offers many employment opportunities, including Associate Research Scientist and Operations Manager positions. A salary of $78K per year is the median rate at Biogen Idec. The most important factor affecting pay for Biogen Idec employees is your experience level, though what you do at the company and your city play a role as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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About This Company

14 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142


Biotechnology, Biological Product (except Diagnostic) Manufacturing

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Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $79K annually on average. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $70K per year. The largest fraction of Biogen Idec people (38 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn $126K annually on average.


Assistant Director, Information Technologys are the best paid with the average salary hovering at about $146K per year; Senior Process Engineers, Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, and Operations Managers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $121K, approximately $116K, and $99K, respectively. With salaries averaging approximately $73K, Associate Research Scientists are among the lowest paid at Biogen Idec.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($100K annually) can be spotted in Boston, Mass.; Durham, N.C. ($90K), Cary, N.C. (about $85K), and the company's headquarter city of Cambridge, Mass. (around $82K) are the next top-paying cities. The highest pay by state can be found in Massachusetts, where salaries average out at $96K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Regarding salaries and education, Biogen Idec pays those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) the most — about $132K.


Employees who count Clinical Research among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is approximately $170K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; about a fifth consider it a key competency. Some other standard skills here are Biotechnology, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology.

Benefits and Perks

A large number of employees save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Most employees receive health insurance, and most workers get dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, stock options, and a stock purchase plan.

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$45,615 - $100,000
$55,752 - $138,057

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
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