Biochemist Salary

The average Biochemist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $56K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Biochemists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Biochemists (56 percent) who responded to the survey. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,245 - $95,503
(Median)
$35K
$56K
$96K
MEDIAN: $56,496
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$11.63 - $34.26
(Median)
$12
$23
$34
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,245 - $95,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,205  
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$32,912 - $93,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $34.26  
   
Overtime
$18.97 - $53.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,205  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$32,912 - $93,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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Job Description for Biochemist

A biochemist is a scientist who works with molecules and compounds, often at a cellular level. They study the way that cells across a variety of biological compounds interact, using this information in association with goals such as creating more effective medications, diagnosing diseases and producing healthier food. Biochemists may work for a wide number of employers, such as pharmaceutical companies, research hospitals, universities and food-producing companies.

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Biochemist Tasks

  • 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $51K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $63K. Biochemists bring in $78K after working for 10 to 20 years. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $105K.

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Experience Affects Biochemist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$56,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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