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Molecular Biologist Salary (United States)

Median pay for Molecular Biologists in the United States is around $52K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Molecular Biologists (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Molecular Biologists report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Molecular Biologist Salary (?
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$34,789 - $92,213
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MEDIAN: $51,970
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Molecular Biologist Salary (?
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$12.86 - $30.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,789 - $92,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
Total Pay (?
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$34,156 - $91,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.86 - $30.30  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $49.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $6,953  
   
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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$34,156 - $91,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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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Molecular Biologists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Molecular Biology and PCR Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Molecular Biology is often linked with knowledge of PCR Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Molecular Biologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Molecular Biologists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $43K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $74K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $93K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Denver
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National Average
$51,000
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For Molecular Biologists, busy St. Louis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 9 percent above the national average.

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Experience Affects Molecular Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 84%
Experienced
up arrow 46%
Mid-Career
up arrow 19%
National Average
$51,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Molecular Biologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%
National Average
$51,000
PCR Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%