Biostatistician Salary

For Biostatisticians, annual average wages total $78K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biostatisticians making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Biostatisticians claim high levels of job satisfaction. 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 (?
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: 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


Biostatisticians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Research, Statistical Analysis, SAS, and R are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis and 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.


For many Biostatisticians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 $88K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $104K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $108K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,174

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With a pay rate for Biostatisticians that is 34 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Biostatisticians will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, Portland Biostatisticians have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. 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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