Biochemist Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, 59 percent of Biochemists have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $52,995 per year. Compensation generally starts at $30,562 and does not exceed $88,934 per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and about half earn vision coverage. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 59 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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$30,562 - $88,934  
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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 Biochemists, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. Standard salaries begin at $48K and can reach $60K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $77K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as Biochemists pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $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. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

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 Biochemists, St. Louis provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Biochemists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), Newark (+6 percent), and San Diego (+5 percent).

Experience Affects Biochemist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 63%
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%
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