Biostatisticians in the United States take home approximately $73K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $17K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Biostatisticians spread between $54K and $122K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Biostatisticians. Women Biostatisticians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$55,207 - $110,776
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$110K
MEDIAN: $73,452
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$23.70 - $100.33
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,207 - $110,776  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,342  
Profit Sharing
$0.07 - $20,426  
Total Pay (?
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$54,147 - $121,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 407
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$23.70 - $100.33  
   
Overtime
$67.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,342  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.07 - $20,426  
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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$54,147 - $121,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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


Survey results suggest that Biostatisticians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Clinical Research, Statistical Analysis, and R are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in SAS are similarly competent in Data 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $70K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $84K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $101K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $109K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,605

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Home to some of the best pay for Biostatisticians, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 53 percent above the national average. Biostatisticians will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+34 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and San Diego (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 14 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Salt Lake City and Denver (13 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Biostatistician Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Biostatistician Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 17%

National Average
$74,000

Statistical Analysis
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Clinical Research
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R
up arrow 2%

SAS
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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