Molecular Biologist Salary

An average Molecular Biologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $56K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Molecular Biologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,264 - $92,107
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$36K
$56K
$92K
MEDIAN: $56,195
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$12.74 - $28.81
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$18
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$36,264 - $92,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,729  
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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$34,517 - $91,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.74 - $28.81  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $45.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,729  
   
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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$34,517 - $91,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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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Molecular Biologists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Molecular Biology and PCR Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Molecular Biology tend to be skilled in PCR Analysis as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Molecular Biologist

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


For many Molecular Biologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $46K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $60K. Molecular Biologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $74K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $94K.

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Experience Affects Molecular Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 76%

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Molecular Biologist Salaries

National Average
$53,000

Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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