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Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

An average Biotechnology Research Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $77K per year. Overall cash earnings for Biotechnology Research Scientists stretch from $46K on the lower end to $107K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Men working as Biotechnology Research Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Biotechnology Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$46,484 - $101,004
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$46K
$77K
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MEDIAN: $76,806
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$16.11 - $39.53
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$46,484 - $101,004  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,693  
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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$46,193 - $107,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,334
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Hourly Rate
$16.11 - $39.53  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.48  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,693  
   
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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$46,193 - $107,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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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. Career advancement for the typical Biotechnology Research Scientist often leads to becoming a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist or an Associate Director of Biology; median salaries in these positions are $20K higher and $47K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Biotechnology Research Scientists include Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and Illumina, Inc. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research offers the most; Biotechnology Research Scientists earn $115K on average there.

Life Technologies offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary 67 percent lower than the top payer ($69K).

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Immunology, Mass Spectrometry, Product Development, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Protein Purification. Most people who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker earns $73K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $78K. Biotechnology Research Scientists bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. Biotechnology Research Scientists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location


South San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Biotechnology Research Scientists, 29 percent higher than the national average. Biotechnology Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+18 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Cambridge (+13 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Biotechnology Research Scientists in Madison earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 19 percent less in St. Louis and 13 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%



National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Immunology
up arrow 18%

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 16%

up arrow 12%

Product Development
up arrow 12%


biochemistry
up arrow 7%



National Average
$78,000

Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%

Protein Purification
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 259 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
30%
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%