Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Salary

The average salary for a Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) is $177,084 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Product Development and Biotechnology.

$84,138 - $258,519

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$86,852 - $322,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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Job Description for Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

A chief scientific officer is an executive who is responsible for managing his/her company's scientific, technological, and research operations; CSOs are employed primarily by organizations in the science and research fields.


Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Tasks

  • Set up protocols for and personally handle regulatory documents and inspections.
  • Manage staff and set timelines, including scientific and regulatory training.
  • Provide scientific guidance on strategic and operating decisions, setting strategy, and performance goals.

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Experience Affects Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Salaries

Product Development
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


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Years of Experience

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1-4 years
5-9 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 14%