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Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Pay for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $96K per year. Final cash compensation to Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists varies from around $66K to approximately $135K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $18K and $14K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$65,792 - $123,583
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$66K
$96K
$120K
MEDIAN: $95,903
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$24.24 - $76.03
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$76
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,792 - $123,583  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,141  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $14,000  
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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$66,165 - $134,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,477
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$24.24 - $76.03  
   
Overtime
$33.61 - $49.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,141  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $14,000  
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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$66,165 - $134,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Abbott Laboratories, Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer, Inc., and Amgen Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Although Genentech, Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $164K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $52K to $177K. Other big spenders include Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Astrazeneca, United States, top-paying firms where Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists see paychecks nearing $136K, $123K, or $119K.

Abbott Laboratories, Qiagen Corp., and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($92K, $97K, and $97K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Bioinformatics, Project Management, Clinical Research, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Stem Cell, Microbiology, and biochemistry. It is often found that people who know Biotechnology are also skilled in Product Development and Project Management. Most people familiar with Molecular Biology also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

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


For many Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $91K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $98K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $102K on average. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $105K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists that is 19 percent greater than the national average, Mountain View offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+15 percent), South San Francisco (+12 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Palo Alto (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Madison and Philadelphia (22 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Reviews

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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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries




National Average
$99,000


Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries


Project Management
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Clinical Research
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Biotechnology
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National Average
$99,000

Molecular Biology
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Product Development
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Chemistry
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Data Analysis
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biochemistry
up arrow 8%

Microbiology
up arrow 13%

Stem Cell
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 248 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%
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