An average Biochemist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $58K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Biochemists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men working as Biochemists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,810 - $92,398
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$36K
$58K
$92K
MEDIAN: $57,761
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$11.79 - $30.72
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$12
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$31
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,810 - $92,398  
   
Bonus
$485.64 - $10,050  
Profit Sharing
$245.00  
Total Pay (?
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$32,030 - $91,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $30.72  
   
Overtime
$17.25 - $120.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$485.64 - $10,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$245.00  
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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$32,030 - $91,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $64K. On average, Biochemists make $64K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $70K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Biochemist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Biochemist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 46%

Biotechnology
up arrow 43%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 11%

National Average
$54,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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