Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

An average Biotechnology Research Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $80K annually. Total cash compensation to Biotechnology Research Scientists bottoms out near $47K and approaches $117K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Biotechnology Research Scientists (56 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Biotechnology Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$48,338 - $110,557
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MEDIAN: $80,403
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$17.81 - $47.55
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,338 - $110,557  
   
Bonus
$1,536 - $14,972  
Profit Sharing
$1,532 - $10,213  
Commission
$3,020 - $11,920  
Total Pay (?
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$47,026 - $117,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,185
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$17.81 - $47.55  
   
Overtime
$19.93 - $87.26  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,536 - $14,972  
   
Commission
$3,020 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$1,532 - $10,213  
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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$47,026 - $117,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


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While Biotechnology Research Scientists do not often become Research & Development (R&D) Director, Pharmaceuticalss, the job pays $135K per year on average. Biotechnology Research Scientists typically move into roles as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists or Senior Product Development Scientists, and those positions pay $18K more and $16K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pfizer, Inc., Life Technologies, and Amgen Corporation are top-notch employers for Biotechnology Research Scientists in this area. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $115K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Amgen Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, top-paying firms where Biotechnology Research Scientists rake in a very impressive $105K, $104K, or $104K, respectively.

Considering that the median salary at Life Technologies is a shallow $69K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is 67 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. at $74K, and Pfizer, Inc. where $77K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Biotechnology Research Scientists there earn up to $144K.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Neuroscience, Chemistry, and Mass Spectrometry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 25 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Those listing PCR Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Product Development and Molecular Biology also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Biotechnology are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Analysis and Bioinformatics.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Pay by Experience for a Research Scientist, Biotechnology has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Scientist, Biotechnology with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 688 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Scientist, Biotechnology with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 416 salaries. An experienced Research Scientist, Biotechnology which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 254 salaries. A Research Scientist, Biotechnology with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,916

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For those looking to make money, Biotechnology Research Scientists in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Emeryville (+26 percent), South San Francisco (+22 percent), Cambridge (+22 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Minneapolis. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis and New York (12 percent lower).

Research Scientist, Biotechnology Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

▲26%

▲12%

▲1%

National Average
$81,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Neuroscience
▲36%

Chemistry
▲25%

Mass Spectrometry
▲16%

▲15%

cell culture
▲9%

biochemistry
▲8%

▲7%

Project Management
▲4%




National Average
$81,000

Protein Purification
▼1%



PCR Analysis
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 9%
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