Molecular Biologist Salary

A Molecular Biologist earns an average salary of $53,102 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$35,756 - $90,939

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$12.30 - $28.72

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,756 - $90,939  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
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$34,494 - $90,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.30 - $28.72  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $45.46  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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$0.00 - $7,891  
   
Total Pay (?
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$34,494 - $90,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Job Description for Molecular Biologist

Molecular biologists work in a variety of settings that include hospitals, universities, independent laboratories, colleges, nonprofit companies, and government agencies. Most employers prefer that molecular biologists have a PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, organic chemistry, or bioengineering. However, employers may consider candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and significant experience as a molecular biologist.

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Molecular Biologist Tasks

  • Maintain chain of custody and proper storage for samples, performing general lab duties to meet standards.
  • Use scientific equipment to characterize specimens or products.
  • Research, identify, and test processes to improve formulations and technologies to create products.
  • Create written and oral reports to convey findings, recommendations, and safety information.

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Pay by Experience Level for Molecular Biologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Molecular Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 83%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Molecular Biologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

National Average
$51,000

PCR Analysis
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%
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