Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Generous salaries abound for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $26K, respectively — total cash payment to Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists can bottom out near $72K or peak near $142K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. The majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (61 percent) who took the survey are men. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. For the most part, Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$71,870 - $130,889
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MEDIAN: $101,420
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$24.24 - $67.37
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$0$142K
Salary $71,870 - $130,889
Bonus $3,049 - $19,740
Profit Sharing $1,939 - $25,973
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$72,272 - $142,496
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 972
Hourly Data $0$73
Hourly Rate $24.24 - $67.37
Overtime $52.44
Annual Data $0$142K
Bonus $3,049 - $19,740
Profit Sharing $1,939 - $25,973
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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$72,272 - $142,496
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 15

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Job Description for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Senior research scientists in biotechnology hold a research position which can cover the fields of biology, chemistry, or mathematics. Their research and work may range from academic or industrial projects to developing new products for a company, and they also contribute to the understanding of technical concepts in their fields.

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Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Tasks

  • Lead the formulation, development, and optimization of new programs, designs, and prototypes.
  • Participate in research formulating and writing with other staff.
  • Assess new technologies and future applications of technologies.
  • Propose, plan, and manage research projects, report preparation, and presentation of findings.

Common Career Paths for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


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As Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists transition into upper-level roles such as Research & Development Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Research & Development Directors earn $138K on average per year. More often than not, a Principal Scientist role is the next step for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists moving up in the field. Principal Scientists usually make $123K per year. Many other Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists choose to take on a Senior Product Development Scientist role, where salaries are typically $97K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Pfizer, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Genentech, Inc., and Merck & Co., Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Amgen Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $141K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Johnson & Johnson at $138K, Genentech, Inc. at $132K, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists annually earn $124K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at GlaxoSmithKline ($95K), Abbott Laboratories ($96K), and Qiagen Corp. ($96K).

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Cell Biology, Software Development, and Immunology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Stem Cell. It is often found that people who know Molecular Biology are also skilled in Project Management and Product Development. For most people, competency in Biotechnology indicates knowledge of Product Development and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Pay by Experience for a Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 347 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 394 salaries. An experienced Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 346 salaries. A Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 107 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,330

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists that is 19 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Princeton (+18 percent), Cambridge (+12 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist's salary, with Madison Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (20 percent lower) and Carlsbad (18 percent lower).

Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Reviews

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

Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology in Cleveland:
"Ups And Downs Of Small Biotech."
Pros: Challenge of the position, the knowledge/expertise around me.
Cons: Compensation, poor people management, bad resources.

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Key Stats for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

▲6%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$104,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Cell Biology
▲26%

Software Development
▲18%

▲15%

Chemical Process Engineering
▲10%

Statistical Analysis
▲6%



biochemistry
▲3%




National Average
$104,000


Protein Purification
▼1%

Clinical Research
▼2%

▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 4%
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