Molecular Biologist Salary

Molecular Biologists in the United States pull down an average of $54K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Molecular Biologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Molecular Biologists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Women make up a slight majority of Molecular Biologists (50 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,231 - $91,597
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$92K
MEDIAN: $53,508
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$12.55 - $29.36
(Median)
$13
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,231 - $91,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,946  
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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$34,122 - $91,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 239
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.55 - $29.36  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $45.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,946  
   
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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$34,122 - $91,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Molecular Biology and PCR Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Molecular Biology and PCR Analysis are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Molecular Biologist

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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. Molecular Biologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $73K. 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 82%

Experienced
up arrow 43%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

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 33 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%
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