Earnings for Molecular Biologists in the United States come in at around $59K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Molecular Biologists (55 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,263 - $95,837
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$37K
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MEDIAN: $59,088
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$15.47 - $30.94
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$37,263 - $95,837  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $10,186  
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$35,268 - $94,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.47 - $30.94  
   
Overtime
$37.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $10,186  
   
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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$35,268 - $94,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $49K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $58K. Molecular Biologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $97K on average.

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Experience Affects Molecular Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 72%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Molecular Biologist Salaries

Protein Purification
up arrow 32%

National Average
$56,000

Molecular Biology
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PCR Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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