Biostatistician Salary

Average Biostatisticians in the United States make around $78K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men working as Biostatisticians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,440 - $125,764
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$55K
$78K
$130K
MEDIAN: $78,361
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$23.34 - $96.75
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$97
MEDIAN: $36.00
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Salary
$55,440 - $125,764  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,893  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $2,035  
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$54,314 - $137,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 463
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Hourly Rate
$23.34 - $96.75  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $40.58  
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,893  
   
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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$54,314 - $137,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $72K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $90K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $107K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $128K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Biostatisticians, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Biostatisticians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), and Boston (+3 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 Washington earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Biostatistician Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Biostatistician Salaries

Clinical Research
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National Average
$79,000

Statistical Analysis
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SAS
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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 104 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%