Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (United States)

The average Senior Biotechnology Research Scientist in the United States earns approximately $98,163 per year. Compensation generally starts at $65,013 and does not exceed $135,431 per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all workers, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (?
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$64,266 - $123,262
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MEDIAN: $95,410
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Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (?
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$23.29 - $50.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,266 - $123,262  
   
Bonus
$10.11 - $18,481  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $10,274  
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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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$65,013 - $135,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,489
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$23.29 - $50.50  
   
Overtime
$34.80 - $56.47  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$10.11 - $18,481  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $10,274  
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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$65,013 - $135,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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

Pfizer, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Merck & Co., Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists. Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists flock to Genentech, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $164,303 lead the pack in compensation; however, Genentech, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $53K at one end to $177K at the other end. Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Boehringer Ingelheim Corp also offer top salaries for Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $135,594, $123,000, and $113,375, respectively.
GlaxoSmithKline reports the lowest median salary in the area by far—it's only $91,388, 80 percent lower than the top payer. Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer, Inc. and Merck & Co., Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $97,023, $99,344, and $102,092.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Bioinformatics and Clinical Research are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include biochemistry. Those educated in Biotechnology tend to be well-versed in Product Development and Project Management. Those who learned Molecular Biology also tend to 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 Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Beginning workers can expect to earn $90K starting out, which grows to $100K after five to 10 years. After one to two decades on the job, workers bring in a six-figure salary around $102K. Salary increase slows as Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $105K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists that is 26 percent greater than the national average, Princeton offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. San Francisco, Boston, South San Francisco, and Palo Alto are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists earning around 12 percent, 11 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent more than average. With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Madison is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (-13 percent) and Seattle (-8 percent).

Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Reviews

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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

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$98,000

Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Clinical Research
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$98,000
Molecular Biology
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biochemistry
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%