Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $101K per year on average. Cash earnings for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists — including $20K in bonuses and $26K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $71K to $142K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Men make up the majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (61 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,835 - $130,472
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MEDIAN: $100,670
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$23.96 - $65.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,835 - $130,472  
   
Bonus
$3,059 - $19,935  
Profit Sharing
$1,750 - $26,036  
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$71,112 - $142,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,013
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$23.96 - $65.00  
   
Overtime
$52.44  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,059 - $19,935  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750 - $26,036  
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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$71,112 - $142,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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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For Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, progressing to a Research & Development Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Research & Development Director can earn $138K annually. The most common promotion for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists is Principal Scientist, a position that typically pays $123K annually. Another standard transition for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Product Development Scientist role, where pay is often $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 among the top companies that take on many Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Amgen Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $141K. 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.

Workers at GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott Laboratories, and Qiagen Corp. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $95K, $96K, and $96K respectively.

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 27 percent, 19 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Stem Cell. The majority of those who know Molecular Biology also know 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

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: $103,179

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Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Princeton (+19 percent), Cambridge (+13 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Compared to the national average, Madison Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Carlsbad (20 percent lower and 17 percent lower, 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
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
33%
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 75 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 4%
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