Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (United States)

Yearly pay for Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States typically comes in around $75,327 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $43,853 to $105,297 per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all employees, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Biotechnology Research Scientists (57 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (?
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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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National Salary Data

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Salary
$44,008 - $99,794  
   
Bonus
$73.40 - $10,636  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $7,179  
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$43,853 - $105,297  
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
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$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  
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 moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Associate Biology Directors or Senior Product Development Scientists, where paychecks increase by $49K or $21K per year.

Research Scientist, Biotechnology Job Listings

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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. Biotechnology Research Scientists flock to Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $114,575 lead the pack in compensation.
Life Technologies employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation—the median salary amounts to only $65,570, 75 percent lower than the top payer. Amgen Corporation is another employer with a reputation for below-average pay.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Biotechnology Research Scientists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Those familiar with Biotechnology also tend to 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Starting out, salaries are typically $71K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $83K. Salary increase slows as Biotechnology Research Scientists pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $89K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five 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; around two-thirds of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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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 will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+16 percent), Cambridge (+13 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Biotechnology Research Scientists is geography, with workers in Madison earning a whopping 34 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (-20 percent) and Philadelphia (-13 percent).

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

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$75,000

Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

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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%