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Biochemist Salary

An average Biochemist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Biochemists (61 percent) survey respondents are male. For the most part, Biochemists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$32,268 - $93,852
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MEDIAN: $54,023
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$12.72 - $34.91
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$32,268 - $93,852  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,128  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $32,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,466 - $91,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $34.91  
   
Overtime
$19.32 - $52.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $32,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$30,466 - $91,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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Job Description for Biochemist

  • Operate laboratory equipment and maintain meticulous notes on usage and protocols.
  • Disseminate findings through reports and professional articles.
  • Research, identify, and synthesize biological macromolecules (proteins, lipids, etc.) through individual and collaborative efforts.
  • Teach and supervise undergraduate students.

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Pay by Experience Level for Biochemist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Biochemists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $61K. Biochemists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $77K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $93K.

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Experience Affects Biochemist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%

Experienced
up arrow 44%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%