Chief Scientist Salary

Pay for Chief Scientists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $143K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. There are far more male Chief Scientists survey respondents than women, making up 87 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Chief Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$92,847 - $203,547
$93K
$140K
$200K
MEDIAN: $143,085
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Salary
$92,847 - $203,547  
   
Bonus
$1,825 - $32,549  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$93,031 - $204,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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Job Description for Chief Scientist

The chief scientist typically specializes in a field or discipline such as chemical, metallurgic, electronic, or even human-interface areas of science. The chief scientist helps initiate research projects, sets up experiments and other testing schematics, and then analyzes results and repeats that sequence.

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Chief Scientist Tasks

  • Lead research, set themes, and priorities and oversee objectives.
  • Construct and direct prototyping and materials management for the research team.
  • Complete, update, revise, and document budgets.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Chief Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 8 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $144,000 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Chief Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $155,000 based on 31 salaries. A Chief Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $181,000 based on 25 salaries.

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Key Stats for Chief Scientist

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
38%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Chief Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$149,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼21%

Skills That Affect Chief Scientist Salaries

Big Data Analytics
▲19%

Machine Learning
▲14%

National Average
$149,000

Project Management
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 9%