Biostatistician Salary (United States)

51 percent of Biostatisticians are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $78,954 annually. Compensation ranges from $52,118 on the low end to $136,147 per year on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Women Biostatisticians just slightly outnumber men in the field. Work is enjoyable for Biostatisticians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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

Professional skills reported by Biostatisticians are few in number. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include R. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Statistical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Biostatistician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Biostatisticians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Starting out, salaries are typically $71K, which grows to $100K after five to 10 years. Earnings jump to six figures after one to decades in the field, and experienced workers make around $108K. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Biostatisticians approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $131K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Biostatisticians, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. 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. Workers in New York and Baltimore earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-15 percent and -13 percent).

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Experience Affects Biostatistician Salaries

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$79,000

Skills That Affect Biostatistician Salaries

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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%