Biochemist Salary

An average Biochemist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $55K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Biochemists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,178 - $95,064
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$34K
$55K
$95K
MEDIAN: $54,622
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$11.74 - $35.70
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$12
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,178 - $95,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,247  
Total Pay (?
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$31,263 - $92,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $35.70  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $53.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,247  
   
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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$31,263 - $92,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Biochemists. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $48K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $64K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $78K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $103K.

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Experience Affects Biochemist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 89%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 19%
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