Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

The average Biotechnology Research Scientist in the United States earns approximately $79K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Biotechnology Research Scientists can bottom out near $48K or peak near $110K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Men working as Biotechnology Research Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Work is enjoyable for Biotechnology Research Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,506 - $103,959
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$49K
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MEDIAN: $79,067
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$18.59 - $45.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,506 - $103,959  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,310  
Profit Sharing
$1,485 - $7,891  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$47,953 - $109,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,340
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Hourly Rate
$18.59 - $45.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,310  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,485 - $7,891  
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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$47,953 - $109,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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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There are some Biotechnology Research Scientists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Research & Development (R&D) Director, Pharmaceuticalss, where earnings are an average $133K annually. Biotechnology Research Scientists most often move into positions as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists or Associate Directors of Biology; those groups report median salaries that are $18K higher and $46K higher, respectively.

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Biotechnology Research Scientists include Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., and Illumina, Inc. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research offers the largest salaries in town — $115K on average.

The lowest pay by far can be found at Life Technologies — this employer offers a median salary of $69K, 67 percent lower than the top payer.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Mass Spectrometry, Stem Cell, Immunology, and Bioinformatics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis, Protein Purification, and Product Development. Most people familiar with 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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $75K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $81K. Biotechnology Research Scientists see a median salary of $90K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Biotechnology Research Scientists who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $89K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,853

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Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Biotechnology Research Scientists in Emeryville receive some of the highest pay in the country. Biotechnology Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in South San Francisco (+24 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Palo Alto (+21 percent), and Boston (+19 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Biotechnology Research Scientist's salary, with Madison Biotechnology Research Scientists earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. St. Louis and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively.

Research Scientist, Biotechnology Reviews

What is it like working as a Research Scientist, Biotechnology?

Research Scientist, Biotechnology in Whitesboro:
"Rewarding Work."
Pros: The people, flexible hours, ability to get over time, learning about new drugs and biological processes.
Cons: Poor management. Poor communication. No recognition for going above and beyond. Having a "do the minimum to get by" attitude.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Mass Spectrometry
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Immunology
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biochemistry
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Biotechnology
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$80,000

Molecular Biology
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Protein Purification
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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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