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Biostatistician Salary (United States)

Around half of Biostatisticians report fewer than five years in the field, and the median pay in this field is about $78K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Women Biostatisticians just slightly outnumber men. Most Biostatisticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Biostatistician Salary (?
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$53,228 - $126,214
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MEDIAN: $78,162
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Biostatistician Salary (?
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$21.14 - $94.41
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National Salary Data

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$53,228 - $126,214  
   
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$0.00 - $14,725  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$52,118 - $136,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 472
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$21.14 - $94.41  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $40.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,725  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $10,000  
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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$52,118 - $136,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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

Biostatisticians who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, SAS, Data Analysis, and R are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like R. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Statistical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Biostatistician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Biostatisticians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $71K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $91K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $108K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $131K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — most of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Biostatisticians, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Biostatisticians will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+14 percent) and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Biostatisticians in Salt Lake City earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in New York (15 percent lower) and Baltimore (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Biostatistician Salaries

National Average
$79,000

Skills That Affect Biostatistician Salaries

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$79,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%