Biostatistician Salary

Biostatisticians in the United States can expect wages of $78K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Biostatisticians. Men working as Biostatisticians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,193 - $122,855
(Median)
$55K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,575
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$23.69 - $97.29
(Median)
$24
$37
$97
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,193 - $122,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,600  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $2,035  
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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$54,390 - $135,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 468
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$23.69 - $97.29  
   
Overtime
$19.88 - $40.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,600  
   
Profit Sharing
$972 - $2,035  
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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$54,390 - $135,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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


Typical Biostatisticians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Research, SAS, Statistical Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include R and Data Analysis. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Biostatisticians. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $72K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $89K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $106K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $129K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Biostatisticians, 34 percent above the national average. Biostatisticians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Biostatisticians in Cleveland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (20 percent lower) and Washington (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Biostatistician Salaries




National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Biostatistician Salaries

Clinical Research
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National Average
$78,000

SAS
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Statistical Analysis
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Data Analysis
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R
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%
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