Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

An average Biotechnology Research Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $77K annually. Total cash compensation to Biotechnology Research Scientists approaches anywhere from $47K on the lower end to $108K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $12K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for Biotechnology Research Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Biotechnology Research Scientists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$47,595 - $101,850

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$17.22 - $45.30

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$47,595 - $101,850  
   
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$0.00 - $12,019  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $6,787  
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$46,988 - $107,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,280
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$17.22 - $45.30  
   
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Bonus
$0.00 - $12,019  
   
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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$46,988 - $107,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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.

Common Career Paths for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


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Biotechnology Research Scientists do not often transition into Pharmaceutical Research & Development Director roles. The role averages $131K per year. A common career progression for a Biotechnology Research Scientist is to become a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist or an Associate Director of Biology. Compared to Biotechnology Research Scientists, the first group earns $19K more on average, and the second group earns $46K more.

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Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Illumina, Inc., and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Biotechnology Research Scientists. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research offers the largest salaries in town — $115K on average.

Life Technologies lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 67 percent less than the top paying company ($69K).

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Survey results suggest that Biotechnology Research Scientists use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Biotechnology Research Scientists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $74K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $79K. Biotechnology Research Scientists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $88K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Biotechnology Research Scientists that is 26 percent greater than the national average, South San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Biotechnology Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Emeryville (+25 percent), Palo Alto (+24 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Madison Biotechnology Research Scientists earning much less — 28 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (17 percent lower) and Chicago (16 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries




National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
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Immunology
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Product Development
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biochemistry
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$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 192 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
30%
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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