Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States can expect wages of $77K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Biotechnology Research Scientists can bottom out near $47K or peak near $108K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biotechnology Research Scientists making up 58 percent of survey respondents. Most Biotechnology Research Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$47,412 - $101,724
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$47K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,420
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$17.22 - $45.30
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,412 - $101,724  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,050  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $6,787  
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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$46,859 - $107,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,286
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Hourly Rate
$17.22 - $45.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $6,787  
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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$46,859 - $107,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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Job Description for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Most biotechnology research scientists work in a laboratory conducting experiments in the field of biotechnology, which looks to incorporate the unique characteristics of nature to invent or propose a product that can (for example) further crop growth, preserve food with greater safety, and possibly create a better pharmaceutical drug.

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Research Scientist, Biotechnology Tasks

  • Focus on areas that affect vital processes such as growth and aging.
  • Determine chemical actions and effects on organisms such as the action of foods, drugs, or other substances on body functions and tissues.
  • Researche or studiy chemical composition and processes of living organisms.

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Biotechnology Research Scientists sometimes assume positions such as Research & Development (R&D) Director, Pharmaceuticalss. That role pays $132K per year on average. Biotechnology Research Scientists most often move into positions as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists or Associate Directors of Biology; those groups report median salaries that are $19K higher and $46K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists flock to Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Illumina, Inc., and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $115K.

With a median employee salary of $69K, Life Technologies pays significantly less than its competitors (67 percent lower than the top payer).

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Immunology, Product Development, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Protein Purification. For most people, competency in Biotechnology indicates knowledge of Data Analysis and Bioinformatics.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

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


For Biotechnology Research Scientists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $74K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $79K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. Biotechnology Research Scientists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $88K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Biotechnology Research Scientists that is 26 percent greater than the national average, South San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Biotechnology Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Emeryville (+26 percent), Boston (+20 percent), San Francisco (+18 percent), and Cambridge (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Madison, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 17 percent less in St. Louis and 14 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries




National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 15%

Immunology
up arrow 13%

Product Development
up arrow 11%


biochemistry
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National Average
$78,000

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Protein Purification
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%
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