The average Biostatistician in the United States earns approximately $74K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Biostatisticians (56 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Biostatisticians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,040 - $111,898
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MEDIAN: $74,289
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,040 - $111,898  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,551  
Profit Sharing
$6,800  
Total Pay (?
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$54,003 - $122,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 408
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$23.87 - $95.00  
   
Overtime
$67.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,551  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,800  
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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$54,003 - $122,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

  • Develop statistical tables, perform analyses using statistical software, and report on results.
  • Participate in grant and study writing, calculations, mock-ups, and figures.
  • Summarize and present statistical results with data quality flags and recommendations for protocol or data management changes.

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Popular Skills for Biostatistician


Biostatisticians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Clinical Research, Statistical Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include SAS and R. 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.


For many Biostatisticians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $70K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $86K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $102K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $130K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,552

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Biostatisticians, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 61 percent greater than the national average. Biostatisticians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). In Cleveland, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Salt Lake City (14 percent lower) and Denver (7 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Biostatistician

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Biostatistician Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Biostatistician Salaries

Research Analysis
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Clinical Research
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National Average
$75,000



R
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SAS
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

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: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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