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Molecular Biologist Salary

Molecular Biologists in the United States take home approximately $53K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Molecular Biologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Molecular Biologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Women Molecular Biologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,728 - $92,166
(Median)
$35K
$53K
$92K
MEDIAN: $53,379
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$12.42 - $28.59
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$12
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,728 - $92,166  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,436  
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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$33,835 - $92,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $28.59  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,436  
   
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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$33,835 - $92,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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 indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $60K. Molecular Biologists bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 84%

Experienced
up arrow 44%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Molecular Biologist Salaries


National Average
$51,000

PCR Analysis
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%
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