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. Men make up a slight majority of Biochemists (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,238 - $94,836
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$34K
$55K
$95K
MEDIAN: $54,922
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$11.69 - $35.82
(Median)
$12
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,238 - $94,836  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
Total Pay (?
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$31,307 - $92,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $35.82  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $53.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
   
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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$31,307 - $92,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $48K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $64K. Biochemists see a median salary of $79K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $105K — the plum median salary in this group.

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Experience Affects Biochemist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 92%

Experienced
up arrow 45%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 19%
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