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Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States pull down an average of $77K annually. In the world of Biotechnology Research Scientists, overall income ranges from $47K near the bottom to $107K at the top; this can include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and tenure. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biotechnology Research Scientists making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Biotechnology Research Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$47,067 - $101,352
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MEDIAN: $77,014
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$16.89 - $44.35
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$47,067 - $101,352  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,751  
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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$46,771 - $107,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,323
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Hourly Rate
$16.89 - $44.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.48  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,751  
   
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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$46,771 - $107,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Biotechnology Research Scientists move into roles as Research & Development (R&D) Director, Pharmaceuticalss, where pay is an average $131K per year. Biotechnology Research Scientists typically move into roles as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists or Associate Directors of Biology, and those positions pay $20K more and $47K more, respectively.

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Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Illumina, Inc., and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research — the median salary there is $115K.

The lowest pay by far can be found at Life Technologies — this employer offers a median salary of $69K, 67 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Immunology, Product Development, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $73K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $78K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $87K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Biotechnology Research Scientists, working in the bustling city of South San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Biotechnology Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Emeryville (+26 percent), Boston (+18 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), and Cambridge (+12 percent). Biotechnology Research Scientists in Madison make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (20 percent lower) and Philadelphia (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Immunology
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Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 16%

Product Development
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biochemistry
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National Average
$78,000

Molecular Biology
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Protein Purification
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 240 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

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: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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