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Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States take home approximately $75K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Biotechnology Research Scientists bottoms out near $45K and approaches $106K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $11K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Job satisfaction for Biotechnology Research Scientists is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men make up a slight majority of Biotechnology Research Scientists (57 percent) who responded to the survey. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,936 - $100,393
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$45K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,492
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$15.92 - $38.16
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$16
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,936 - $100,393  
   
Bonus
$-0.38 - $11,261  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $7,233  
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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$44,671 - $106,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,463
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.92 - $38.16  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.38 - $11,261  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $7,233  
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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$44,671 - $106,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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 not commonly seen, Biotechnology Research Scientists who transition into a Pharmaceutical Research & Development Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Research & Development (R&D) Director, Pharmaceuticalss is $131K per year. The most common next step for a Biotechnology Research Scientist is to become an Associate Director of Biology or a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist. The former position pays an additional $47K per year on average, and the latter position pays $21K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Dominating the field, Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and Illumina, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Biotechnology Research Scientists. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $115K.

Life Technologies lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 73 percent less than the top paying company ($66K).

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Product Development, Stem Cell, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 18 percent. For most people, competency in Biotechnology indicates knowledge of 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Biotechnology Research Scientists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $72K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $78K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $85K in this role. Biotechnology Research Scientists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $89K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Biotechnology Research Scientists, South San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Biotechnology Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+16 percent), Cambridge (+14 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Biotechnology Research Scientists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Biotechnology Research Scientists in Madison bring in salaries that are 35 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Philadelphia (33 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%



National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
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Product Development
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Immunology
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National Average
$77,000

biochemistry
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 343 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: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%