Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $65K annually. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $82K per year on average. Overall, the greater share of Biogen Idec folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average $105K annually.
Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $116K per year — though Operations Managers, Biotechnology Research Scientists, and Clinical Trial Associates also do fairly well at $87K, approximately $76K, and $71K, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at Biogen Idec are Associate Research Scientists — the median salary for this role approaches $57K.
Residents of Boston, Mass. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is around $94K annually; other top-paying cities include Durham, N.C. ($90K) and the company's headquarter city of Cambridge, Mass. (approximately $74K). By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Massachusetts, where the average salary is about $88K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Regarding salaries and education, Biogen Idec pays those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) the most — $78K.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Strategic Planning; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $137K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Biogen Idec is Biotechnology; just under one in three of employees use it for work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Data Analysis, Project Management, and Clinical Research.
Benefits and Perks
A 401(k) program is available, and a large number of survey participants use it to save for retirement. Most survey participants report having health insurance, and most employees report having dental coverage. The company also dishes out perks such as life insurance, stock options, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, a stock purchase plan, and gym membership.