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Molecular Biologist Salary (United States)

Pay for Molecular Biologists in the United States is typically around $51K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Molecular Biologists (51 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Molecular Biologists. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Molecular Biologist Salary (?
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$34,853 - $89,738
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51K
69K
90K
MEDIAN: $51,483
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Molecular Biologist Salary (?
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$12.78 - $30.41
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$34,853 - $89,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,097  
Total Pay (?
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$34,150 - $89,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.78 - $30.41  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $49.91  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $6,097  
   
Total Pay (?
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$34,150 - $89,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Job Description for Molecular Biologist

  • 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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Molecular Biology and PCR Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include PCR Analysis. Many workers who know Molecular Biology also know PCR Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Molecular Biologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Molecular Biologists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $60K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $70K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $93K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

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Experience Affects Molecular Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 84%
Experienced
up arrow 40%
Mid-Career
up arrow 19%
National Average
$50,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Molecular Biologist Salaries

National Average
$50,000
Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 14%