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Biochemist Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, approximately three in five of Biochemists report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $53K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair portion report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biochemists making up 59 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Biochemist Salary (?
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$32,268 - $90,864
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53K
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MEDIAN: $52,573
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Biochemist Salary (?
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$12.60 - $34.26
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$32,268 - $90,864  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,110  
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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$30,562 - $88,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $34.26  
   
Overtime
$19.32 - $51.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,110  
   
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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$30,562 - $88,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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.
For many Biochemists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $48K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $60K. Biochemists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $75K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $87K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise one in seven, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

St. Louis
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Newark
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San Diego
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National Average
$53,000
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For those looking to make money, Biochemists in St. Louis enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Los Angeles, Newark, and San Diego, where Biochemists annually earn 12 percent, 10 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent more than the national average.
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Experience Affects Biochemist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 42%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$53,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 19%