Technical Operations Managers earn the highest median pay at $122K annually, followed by Program Project Managers ($119K), Biotechnology Research Scientists ($103K), and Research Scientists (approximately $97K). On the lower end are Biotechnology Research Associates at about $77K on average.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $75K per year. The greater proportion of employees (36 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of $88K annually.
Residents of San Rafael, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is approximately $97K per year; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of Novato, Calif. ($91K) and San Francisco, Calif. (around $90K).
Certifications and Degrees
At Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc., employees who hold a Bachelor's Degree receive the highest salaries at about $80K.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Operations Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $119K annually. Biotechnology also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; slightly less than a third of employees surveyed report using it at work. Project Management, Data Analysis, and Regulatory Compliance were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
One-half of survey participants receive paid vacation, and only 35 percent get sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and almost all survey participants use it to save for retirement. Almost all respondents receive health insurance, and almost all workers get dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, stock options, and a stock purchase plan.