Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $77K annually. In the world of Biotechnology Research Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $47K and $108K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $12K and $7K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Biotechnology Research Scientists (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Biotechnology Research Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$47,086 - $101,600
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$47K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,271
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$17.22 - $45.30
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$17
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$45
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,086 - $101,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,076  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $6,787  
Total Pay (?
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$46,668 - $107,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,291
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Hourly Rate
$17.22 - $45.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.34  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,076  
   
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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$46,668 - $107,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 $131K per year on average. The most common next step for a Biotechnology Research Scientist is to become a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist or an Associate Director of Biology. The former position pays an additional $19K per year on average, and the latter position pays $46K more per year.

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Biotechnology Research Scientists include Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and Illumina, Inc. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $115K.

Known for its small paychecks, Life Technologies actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $69K — 67 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Survey results show that Biotechnology Research Scientists use a fair number of skills. 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. 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.


For Biotechnology Research Scientists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $74K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $79K on average. On average, Biotechnology Research Scientists make $87K following one to two decades on the job. 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


For Biotechnology Research Scientists, busy South San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Emeryville (+26 percent), Boston (+21 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), and Cambridge (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, Madison Biotechnology Research Scientists have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in St. Louis and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries




National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Immunology
up arrow 15%

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 15%

Product Development
up arrow 11%


biochemistry
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National Average
$78,000

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Protein Purification
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 206 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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