Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Molecular Biologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $42K to $60K. Compensation is $70K after 10 to 20 years. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Molecular Biologists approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth 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. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.