Median pay for Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States is around $80K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Biotechnology Research Scientists can bottom out near $47K or peak near $115K depending on individual performance. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Biotechnology Research Scientists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,258 - $109,436  
   
Bonus
$1,468 - $14,582  
Profit Sharing
$1,987 - $10,271  
Commission
$5,087  
Total Pay (?
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$46,857 - $114,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,055
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Hourly Rate
$17.90 - $43.79  
   
Overtime
$17.52 - $55.37  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,468 - $14,582  
   
Commission
$5,087  
Profit Sharing
$1,987 - $10,271  
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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$46,857 - $114,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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.

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While Biotechnology Research Scientists do not often become Research & Development (R&D) Director, Pharmaceuticalss, the job pays $135K per year on average. Biotechnology Research Scientists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists or Senior Product Development Scientists. The median paychecks in those roles are $19K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Dominating the field, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Life Technologies, and Amgen Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Biotechnology Research Scientists. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research offers the largest salaries in town — $115K on average. Other big spenders include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Amgen Corporation, and Illumina, Inc., top-paying firms where Biotechnology Research Scientists see paychecks nearing $104K, $98K, or $94K.

Life Technologies employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $69K, 67 percent lower than the top payer. Other low-paying employers include Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. at $76K and Pfizer, Inc. at $77K, though some Biotechnology Research Scientists there earn up to $144K.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with cell culture, Mass Spectrometry, and Immunology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microbiology and Product Development. The majority of those 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Biotechnology Research Scientists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $75K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $82K on average. On average, Biotechnology Research Scientists make $91K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $96K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,531

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Biotechnology Research Scientists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Biotechnology Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Emeryville (+27 percent), South San Francisco (+23 percent), Cambridge (+22 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and New York (15 percent lower and 6 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
$81,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

cell culture
up arrow 22%

Mass Spectrometry
up arrow 16%

Immunology
up arrow 13%


biochemistry
up arrow 8%


Project Management
up arrow 3%

Biotechnology
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

Protein Purification
0%

National Average
$81,000

Research Analysis
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Tissue Culture
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Molecular Biology
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Microbiology
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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