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Molecular Biologist Salary

Median pay for Molecular Biologists in the United States is around $53K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Molecular Biologists. Men make up a slight majority of Molecular Biologists (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$34,517 - $92,136
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$35K
$53K
$92K
MEDIAN: $52,622
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$12.69 - $29.48
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$13
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$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,517 - $92,136  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,370  
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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$33,776 - $92,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.69 - $29.48  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $50.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,370  
   
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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$33,776 - $92,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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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Job skills reported by Molecular Biologists are limited. Molecular Biology and PCR Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Molecular Biologists. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. Molecular Biologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Molecular Biologists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $93K.

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Experience Affects Molecular Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 83%

Experienced
up arrow 45%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Molecular Biologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

PCR Analysis
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%