Molecular Biologist Salary (United States)

A typical Molecular Biologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50,391 annually. Pay generally spreads from $34,150 to $89,375 per year. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Molecular Biologists (51 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Molecular Biologists. 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  
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
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$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  
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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Molecular Biologists who took the survey. Skills that pay less than market rate include PCR Analysis. 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.
For many but not all Molecular Biologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $42K to $60K. Compensation is $70K after 10 to 20 years. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Molecular Biologists approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. 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 it.

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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
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Molecular Biologist Salaries

National Average
$50,000
Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

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%