Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (United States)

Pay for Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States is typically around $75,327 per year. Pay starts at $43,853 and can approach $105,297 per year on the higher side. Total cash compensation varies from around $44,008 to approximately $99,794; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10,636 and $7,179, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and years of experience. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; the vast majority receive both medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision plans. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 57 percent. The majority of Biotechnology Research Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$44,008 - $99,794
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MEDIAN: $74,159
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Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (?
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$15.61 - $36.98
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$44,008 - $99,794  
   
Bonus
$73.40 - $10,636  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $7,179  
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$43,853 - $105,297  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,574
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$15.61 - $36.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.61  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$73.40 - $10,636  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $7,179  
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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$43,853 - $105,297  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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 not the most common occurrence, Biotechnology Research Scientists who become Pharmaceutical Research & Development Directors earn an extra $55K per year. Biotechnology Research Scientists typically move into roles as Associate Biology Directors or Senior Product Development Scientists, where they can expect an extra $49K or $21K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Known for taking on a considerable number of Biotechnology Research Scientists, Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and Illumina, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. For Biotechnology Research Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research; in fact, typical earnings are around $114,575, the highest in the area.
Considering that the median salary at Life Technologies is a shallow $65,570, it is not surprising that this company ranks last in employee compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work—their median pay is 75 percent less than the top paying company. Amgen Corporation is also at the bottom of the scale.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Biotechnology Research Scientists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Stem Cell, Bioinformatics, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 14 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Most people who know Biotechnology also know Data Analysis and Bioinformatics.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

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For Biotechnology Research Scientists, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting out, salaries fall in the $71K range but grow to $77K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $83K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Biotechnology Research Scientists earning an average of $89K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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South San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Biotechnology Research Scientists, 33 percent higher than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Boston, Cambridge, San Francisco, and San Diego, where Biotechnology Research Scientists typically earn around 16 percent, 13 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent more than usual. Biotechnology Research Scientists' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Biotechnology Research Scientists in Madison bring in salaries that are 34 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles and Philadelphia (-20 percent and -13 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Late-Career
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$75,000

Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

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$75,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 414 votes.

Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%
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