Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Average Salary

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 10 Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) votes.
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$87,413 - $266,682  
$0.00 - $73,974  
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$0.00 - $51,064  
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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).
$89,320 - $304,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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.

Most organizations require candidates to have attained a Ph.D. in a relevant field. CSOs must have extensive experience within their field and should be considered true experts in these areas. This person will typically work traditional weekly business hours, but overtime should be expected from time to time.

Chief scientific officers may have a variety of responsibilities, depending on their company. These include: managing scientific and research operations; setting relevant priorities within the organization; aligning priorities with those of the organization's overall mission; overseeing research projects; developing new processes/technologies; combining knowledge with leadership skills; promoting efficiency and profitability of the company; staying up-to-date on industry trends; advising the organization regarding scientific matters; identifying new research opportunities; coordinating research activities; recruiting scientists and researchers; managing and evaluating personnel; serving various public relations roles; and traveling to meet with executives within the organization.

Chief scientific officers should naturally exhibit strong leadership skills, as well as internal motivation and desire to drive their organization to the top.
Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Tasks
  • Provide scientific guidance on strategic and operating decisions, setting strategy, and performance goals.
  • Manage staff and set timelines, including scientific and regulatory training.
  • Set up protocols for and personally handle regulatory documents and inspections.

Key Stats


25 %
75 %
$81,000 - $175,000
$98,633 - $229,546

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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