Median pay for Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $80K per year. Cash earnings of Biotechnology Research Scientists — including $14K in bonuses, $10K in profit sharing proceeds, and $12K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $47K to approximately $116K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biotechnology Research Scientists making up 56 percent of survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,218 - $110,016  
   
Bonus
$1,497 - $14,491  
Profit Sharing
$1,532 - $10,213  
Commission
$3,020 - $11,920  
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$46,898 - $115,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,125
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$17.74 - $46.45  
   
Overtime
$19.39 - $71.52  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,497 - $14,491  
   
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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$46,898 - $115,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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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. Typical career progression for a Biotechnology Research Scientist involves becoming a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist or a Senior Product Development Scientist, roles that pay $18K more and $16K more on average.

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Biotechnology Research Scientists. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research offers the largest salaries in town — $115K on average. Other big spenders include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Amgen Corporation, and Illumina, Inc., top-paying firms where Biotechnology Research Scientists see paychecks nearing $104K, $102K, or $94K.

Life Technologies lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 67 percent lower than the top payer ($69K). Other low-paying employers include Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. at $74K and Pfizer, Inc. at $77K, though some Biotechnology Research Scientists there earn up to $144K.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Chemistry, cell culture, and Mass Spectrometry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


For Biotechnology Research Scientists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $75K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $81K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $91K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $99K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,566

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Biotechnology Research Scientists, 27 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Emeryville (+26 percent), South San Francisco (+23 percent), Cambridge (+22 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Chicago and New York (13 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 100 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries




National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Chemistry
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cell culture
up arrow 20%

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 16%

Immunology
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biochemistry
up arrow 7%


Project Management
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National Average
$81,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Tissue Culture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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