Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $85K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (37 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make $93K annually on average.
The highest paychecks go to Technical Operations Managers, who earn an average approximately $122K per year, closely trailed by Program Project Managers (around $119K), Biotechnology Research Scientists (about $103K), and Research Scientists ($97K). Financial compensation for Biotechnology Research Associates is rather low — on average only $72K — relative to the rest of the company.
Residents of San Francisco, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is approximately $100K annually; other top-paying cities include San Rafael, Calif. (about $97K) and the company's headquarter city of Novato, Calif. ($93K).
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $130K per year for Project Management Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. At Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc., employees who hold a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) receive the highest salaries at around $115K.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Operations Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $119K annually. A common skill in Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc.'s work force is Project Management; slightly less than a third of survey participants report using it on the job. Many workers are also familiar with Biotechnology, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in four respondents receive paid vacation and sick leave. A large number of respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Most workers report having health insurance, and most respondents report having dental coverage. The list of perks also includes a casual working environment, stock options, a company cell phone, and a stock purchase plan.