Molecular Biologist Salary

Molecular Biologists in the United States take home approximately $53K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Molecular Biologists (51 percent) survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,756 - $90,939

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$12.30 - $28.72

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,756 - $90,939  
   
Bonus
$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: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.30 - $28.72  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $45.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
   
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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$34,494 - $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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Survey takers who work as Molecular Biologists usually report a few specific skills. Molecular Biology and PCR Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Molecular Biology are typically practiced in PCR Analysis, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Molecular Biologist

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


Molecular Biologists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $45K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $60K. For Molecular Biologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $93K on average.

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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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