Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

For Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, yearly average wages total $96K annually. In the world of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $19K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $67K and $136K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (65 percent) who took the survey are men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$66,587 - $124,198
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$67K
$96K
$120K
MEDIAN: $96,258
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$24.40 - $75.00
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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Salary
$66,587 - $124,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,712  
Profit Sharing
$1,479 - $14,191  
Total Pay (?
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$66,717 - $135,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,480
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Hourly Rate
$24.40 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$33.61 - $49.85  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,712  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,479 - $14,191  
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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$66,717 - $135,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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, Merck & Co., Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer, Inc., and Amgen Corporation are all popular places to work. Genentech, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town ($164K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $52K to $177K. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks at Amgen Corporation ($139K), Bristol-Myers Squibb Company ($122K), and Astrazeneca, United States ($119K).

Abbott Laboratories, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and Qiagen Corp. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $92K, $97K, and $98K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Bioinformatics, Immunology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Stem Cell, Microbiology, and Data Analysis. The majority of those who know Molecular Biology also know Project Management. The majority of those who know Biotechnology also know 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.


For many Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $90K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $99K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $103K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $105K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in Mountain View enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), South San Francisco (+12 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Palo Alto (+10 percent). Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in St. Louis bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. Workers in Madison and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (21 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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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


Immunology
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Project Management
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Clinical Research
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Biotechnology
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Product Development
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National Average
$99,000

Molecular Biology
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Chemistry
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biochemistry
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Data Analysis
up arrow 5%

Microbiology
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Stem Cell
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%
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