Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Wages for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. In the world of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $71K and $143K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $26K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Male Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$70,796 - $130,911
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MEDIAN: $100,636
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$24.24 - $64.78
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,796 - $130,911  
   
Bonus
$3,058 - $19,938  
Profit Sharing
$1,521 - $26,264  
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$71,009 - $143,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 942
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$24.24 - $64.78  
   
Overtime
$52.44  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,058 - $19,938  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,521 - $26,264  
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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$71,009 - $143,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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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Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Research & Development Director. The latter position pays an average of $138K annually. A Principal Scientist role is the most common promotion for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $123K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists is a Senior Product Development Scientist position, where earnings are usually $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 top-notch employers for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in this area. For Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Amgen Corporation; in fact, median earnings sit around $141K, the highest in the area. 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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Cell Biology, Software Development, and Immunology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 19 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Stem Cell. The majority of those who know Molecular Biology also know Project Management and Product Development. Most people skilled in Biotechnology are similarly competent in 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: $103,072

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With a pay rate for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists that is 21 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 (+19 percent), Cambridge (+13 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists is geography, with workers in Madison earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (19 percent less) and Carlsbad (17 percent less).

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 68 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

▲7%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$103,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Cell Biology
▲27%

Software Development
▲19%

▲16%

Chemical Process Engineering
▲11%

Statistical Analysis
▲7%




biochemistry
▲4%




Protein Purification
▼0%

National Average
$103,000

Clinical Research
▼1%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 5%
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