Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Earnings for Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States come in at around $79K per year on average. Cash earnings for Biotechnology Research Scientists — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $48K to approximately $110K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biotechnology Research Scientists making up 55 percent of survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,506 - $103,959
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$49K
$79K
$100K
MEDIAN: $79,067
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$18.59 - $45.90
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,506 - $103,959  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,310  
Profit Sharing
$1,485 - $7,891  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$47,953 - $109,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,340
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.59 - $45.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,310  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,485 - $7,891  
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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$47,953 - $109,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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 $133K 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 $18K higher and $46K higher, respectively.

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Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., and Illumina, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Biotechnology Research Scientists. Biotechnology Research Scientists flock to Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $115K lead the pack in compensation.

67 percent lower than the top payer, Life Technologies offers a median salary of just $69K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Stem Cell, Immunology, and Bioinformatics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis, Protein Purification, and Product Development. Most people skilled in Biotechnology are similarly competent in 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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $75K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $81K on average. Biotechnology Research Scientists see a median salary of $90K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $89K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,853

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Emeryville offers some of the highest pay in the country for Biotechnology Research Scientists, 28 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in South San Francisco (+24 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Palo Alto (+21 percent), and Boston (+19 percent). Biotechnology Research Scientists in Madison earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in St. Louis and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

Research Scientist, Biotechnology Reviews

What is it like working as a Research Scientist, Biotechnology?

Research Scientist, Biotechnology in Whitesboro:
"Rewarding Work."
Pros: The people, flexible hours, ability to get over time, learning about new drugs and biological processes.
Cons: Poor management. Poor communication. No recognition for going above and beyond. Having a "do the minimum to get by" attitude.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
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up arrow 14%

Immunology
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biochemistry
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Biotechnology
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$80,000

Molecular Biology
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Protein Purification
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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

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