Biochemist Salary (United States)

With nearly three-fifths of Biochemists reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $52,995 per year. Compensation generally starts at $30,562 and does not exceed $88,934 per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to about half. Men make up a slight majority of Biochemists (59 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Biochemist Salary (?
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$32,268 - $90,864
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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 (?
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$30,562 - $88,934  
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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  
PayScale
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.
Biochemists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $48K climbs to $60K. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $77K. Salaries grow more slowly as Biochemists approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $88K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 11 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 15 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

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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St. Louis is home to an above-average pay rate for Biochemists, 19 percent higher than 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.

Experience Affects Biochemist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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%
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