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Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (United States)

Pay for Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States is typically around $74K annually. Total cash earnings of Biotechnology Research Scientists range from $44K on the low end to $105K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $11K and $7K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Almost all workers enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biotechnology Research Scientists making up 57 percent of workers. Most Biotechnology Research Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale 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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$44,008 - $99,794  
   
Bonus
$73.40 - $10,636  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $7,179  
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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: 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  
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 it's uncommon, some Biotechnology Research Scientists move into roles as Research & Development (R&D) Director, Pharmaceuticalss, where pay is usually $131K per year. Associate Directors of Biology or Senior Product Development Scientists are common next-step roles for Biotechnology Research Scientists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Associate Directors of Biology is $49K higher on average, and it's $21K higher for Senior Product Development Scientists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Life Technologies, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and Illumina, Inc. are top-notch employers for Biotechnology Research Scientists in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research offers the most; Biotechnology Research Scientists earn $115K on average there.
Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Life Technologies — the median salary comes to just $66K, 75 percent less than the top paying company. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Amgen Corporation ($91K) and Illumina, Inc. ($94K).

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Survey results show that Biotechnology Research Scientists use a fair number of skills. 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 experienced in 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.
Biotechnology Research Scientists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $71K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $77K. Biotechnology Research Scientists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $89K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Biotechnology Research Scientists that is 33 percent greater than the national average, South San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Boston, Cambridge, San Francisco, and San Diego also offer top salaries for Biotechnology Research Scientists. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 16 percent, 13 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent more, respectively. Biotechnology Research Scientists in Madison earn salaries far below the national average by 34 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (20 percent lower) and Philadelphia (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

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$75,000

Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Product Development
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Job Satisfaction

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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%