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Biochemist Salary

Biochemists in the United States can expect wages of $54K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Biochemists (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$33,054 - $94,077
(Median)
$33K
$54K
$94K
MEDIAN: $53,876
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$12.00 - $35.59
(Median)
$12
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary 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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$33,054 - $94,077  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,222  
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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$30,537 - $91,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $35.59  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $53.25  
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 - $10,222  
   
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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$30,537 - $91,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $62K. For Biochemists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. Biochemists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $92K.

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Experience Affects Biochemist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 71%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 19%
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