Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States pull down an average of $80K per year. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $15K, $10K, and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Biotechnology Research Scientists can bottom out near $47K or top out at around $117K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Men working as Biotechnology Research Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Biotechnology Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,017 - $110,482
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MEDIAN: $79,939
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$17.88 - $48.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,017 - $110,482  
   
Bonus
$1,482 - $14,743  
Profit Sharing
$1,515 - $10,304  
Commission
$3,020 - $11,920  
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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$46,660 - $116,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,095
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$17.88 - $48.41  
   
Overtime
$19.57 - $90.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,482 - $14,743  
   
Commission
$3,020 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$1,515 - $10,304  
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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$46,660 - $116,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 78

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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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Biotechnology Research Scientists sometimes assume positions such as Research & Development (R&D) Director, Pharmaceuticalss. That role pays $135K per year on average. Biotechnology Research Scientists most often move into positions as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists or Senior Product Development Scientists; those groups report median salaries that are $19K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists fill the offices of leading firms Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pfizer, Inc., Life Technologies, and Amgen Corporation. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $115K. Also paying near the top of the field are Amgen Corporation at $105K, GlaxoSmithKline at $104K, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where Biotechnology Research Scientists annually earn $104K.

Earnings fall especially short at Life Technologies, where the median salary of $69K is the lowest in the field, 67 percent lower than the top payer. 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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 17 percent, respectively. PCR Analysis and Product Development as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is often found that people who know Biotechnology are 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: $80,434

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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 (+27 percent), South San Francisco (+23 percent), Cambridge (+22 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (12 percent less) and New York (11 percent less).

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
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
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

▲27%

▲13%

▲1%

National Average
$80,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Neuroscience
▲36%

Chemistry
▲25%

Mass Spectrometry
▲17%

▲15%

cell culture
▲10%

▲8%

biochemistry
▲8%


Project Management
▲4%



Protein Purification
▼0%

National Average
$80,000



PCR Analysis
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

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: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%
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