Biostatistician Salary

Biostatisticians in the United States take home an average $78K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Biostatisticians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction for Biostatisticians is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,657 - $120,361
(Median)
$56K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,860
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$24.50 - $96.52
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$97
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,657 - $120,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,284  
Profit Sharing
$1,024  
Total Pay (?
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$54,681 - $130,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 541
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$24.50 - $96.52  
   
Overtime
$40.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,284  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,024  
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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$54,681 - $130,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Job Description for Biostatistician

Biostatisticians conduct statistical analyses for a wide range of biology-related topics, as well as assist with experimental design. They work with a scientific team on studies' statistical design, helping determine the team's needs and appropriate methods. They also help with grant applications, conduct data analyses, and help interpret results in consultation with the research team. Biostatisticians also prepare reports related to the methods and results of their analyses; these reports must include all necessary information (such as relevant theories, methods, and conclusion) to be comprehensible to other professionals in the field. Other day-to-day tasks that may be performed by biostatisticians include coordinating and supervising a team of relevant professionals, providing statistical training to clients, interacting with clients to build professional relationships, and mentoring and training employees. Biostatisticians work in a variety of fields, such as epidemiology, genetics, ecology, systems biology, and others. They typically work full time in a hospital, research lab, or office environment; some travel may be required to meet with clients.

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Biostatistician Tasks

  • Summarize and present statistical results with data quality flags and recommendations for protocol or data management changes.
  • Participate in grant and study writing, calculations, mock-ups, and figures.
  • Develop statistical tables, perform analyses using statistical software, and report on results.

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Popular Skills for Biostatistician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Clinical Research, Statistical Analysis, SAS, and R are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis and R. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of Statistical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Biostatistician

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $72K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $88K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $104K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $108K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,174

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For Biostatisticians, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Biostatisticians will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). Biostatisticians in Portland make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Salt Lake City (18 percent less) and Baltimore (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Biostatistician Salaries




National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Biostatistician Salaries

Clinical Research
up arrow 16%

National Average
$78,000

Statistical Analysis
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SAS
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Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

R
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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