Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States take home approximately $97K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists approaches anywhere from $69K on the lower end to $137K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $19K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (65 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$68,634 - $125,367
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$69K
$97K
$130K
MEDIAN: $97,211
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$24.53 - $64.11
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,634 - $125,367  
   
Bonus
$9.93 - $18,879  
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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$68,875 - $136,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,600
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.53 - $64.11  
   
Overtime
$47.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$9.93 - $18,879  
   
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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$68,875 - $136,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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

  • 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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Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists sometimes assume positions such as Principal Scientists. That role pays $123K per year on average.

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Pfizer, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Merck & Co., Inc., and Amgen Corporation are all popular places to work. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists flock to Genentech, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $164K lead the pack in compensation; however, Genentech, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $52K at one end to $177K at the other end. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks at Amgen Corporation ($142K), Bristol-Myers Squibb Company ($124K), and Johnson & Johnson ($121K).

Employees at GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott Laboratories, and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research can also expect below-average earnings of $93K, $94K, and $97K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Survey results imply that Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Software Development, Bioinformatics, and Immunology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Stem Cell, Microbiology, and biochemistry. Most people experienced in Biotechnology also know 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $93K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $100K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $103K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $99,518

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in Mountain View receive some of the highest pay in the country. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent), South San Francisco (+11 percent), Palo Alto (+10 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in St. Louis earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in Madison and Raleigh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (23 percent lower and 11 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
$100,000


Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Software Development
up arrow 24%


Immunology
up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Biotechnology
up arrow 1%

Clinical Research
up arrow 1%

National Average
$100,000

Product Development
up arrow 1%

Chemistry
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

biochemistry
up arrow 5%

Microbiology
up arrow 14%

Stem Cell
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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