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Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Median pay for Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States is around $77K per year. Final cash compensation to Biotechnology Research Scientists varies from around $47K to approximately $108K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $7K, respectively. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biotechnology Research Scientists making up 58 percent of survey respondents. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Biotechnology Research Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,382 - $101,411
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$47K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,193
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$16.77 - $44.77
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$17
$25
$45
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,382 - $101,411  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,863  
Profit Sharing
$1,454 - $7,149  
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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$46,921 - $107,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,313
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.77 - $44.77  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,863  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,454 - $7,149  
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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$46,921 - $107,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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.

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 $131K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Biotechnology Research Scientist involves becoming a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist or an Associate Director of Biology, roles that pay $19K more and $46K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists flock to Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Illumina, Inc., and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Biotechnology Research Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research; in fact, median earnings sit around $115K, the highest in the area.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Life Technologies, where the median salary is just $69K — 67 percent lower than the top payer.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Survey results show that Biotechnology Research Scientists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Immunology, Mass Spectrometry, Product Development, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Protein Purification. Most people familiar with Biotechnology also know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $73K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $79K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $89K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Biotechnology Research Scientists, South San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Emeryville (+26 percent), Palo Alto (+25 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Madison, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Philadelphia (20 percent lower and 13 percent lower, 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 17%

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 15%

up arrow 11%

Product Development
up arrow 11%

biochemistry
up arrow 8%




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 231 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%
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