Molecular Biologist Salary (United States)

Pay for Molecular Biologists in the United States is typically around $50,391 annually. Compensation generally starts at $34,150 and does not exceed $89,375 per year. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. Women make up a slight majority of Molecular Biologists (51 percent). Most Molecular Biologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Molecular Biologist Salary (?
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$34,853 - $89,738
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MEDIAN: $51,483
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Molecular Biologist Salary (?
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$12.78 - $30.41
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$34,853 - $89,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,097  
Total Pay (?
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$34,150 - $89,375  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.78 - $30.41  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $49.91  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,097  
   
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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$34,150 - $89,375  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Molecular Biologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Molecular Biologists, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. New salaries start at $42K and reach $60K in five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $70K. As Molecular Biologists reach 20 years on the job, salary growth continues to be strong, with earnings averaging $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. 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 this radius.

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Experience Affects Molecular Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 84%
Experienced
up arrow 40%
Mid-Career
up arrow 19%
National Average
$50,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Molecular Biologist Salaries

National Average
$50,000
Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 14%
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