Salaries for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Cash earnings for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $26K from profit sharing — stretch from around $71K to approximately $142K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. More than half of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (62 percent) survey respondents are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,278 - $130,422
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$130K
MEDIAN: $100,075
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$24.47 - $64.56
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Salary
$70,278 - $130,422  
   
Bonus
$3,076 - $19,790  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $26,451  
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$70,587 - $142,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 997
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$24.47 - $64.56  
   
Overtime
$52.44  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,076 - $19,790  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $26,451  
Total Pay (?
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$70,587 - $142,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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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There are some Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Research & Development Directors, where earnings are an average $138K annually. Becoming a Principal Scientist is, more often than not, the most common role that Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $123K. Another frequent advance is for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists to assume a Senior Product Development Scientist role; in this role, workers often earn $97K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists fill the offices of leading firms Pfizer, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Merck & Co., Inc., Genentech, Inc., and Amgen Corporation. Amgen Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $143K. Johnson & Johnson, Genentech, Inc., and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists earning around $138K, $132K, or $124K at each firm, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Abbott Laboratories, Qiagen Corp., and GlaxoSmithKline. They all pay $96K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 29 percent, 20 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microbiology and Stem Cell. A tool kit that includes Molecular Biology also typically contains Project Management and Product Development. It is often found that people who know Biotechnology are also skilled in Product Development and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $97K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $104K. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists bring in $109K after working for 10 to 20 years. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $105K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,543

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, 22 percent higher than the national average. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Princeton (+15 percent), Cambridge (+14 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in St. Louis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 28 percent less than the national average. Workers in Madison and Carlsbad earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (23 percent less and 16 percent less, respectively).

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
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries




National Average
$103,000


Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Cell Biology
up arrow 29%

Software Development
up arrow 20%

Immunology
up arrow 15%


Statistical Analysis
up arrow 8%


biochemistry
up arrow 5%




Protein Purification
up arrow 1%

Product Development
0%

Clinical Research
0%

National Average
$103,000

Stem Cell
up arrow 10%

Microbiology
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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