Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Median pay for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States is around $97K annually. Cash earnings for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists — including $19K in bonuses and $14K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $69K to $137K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (65 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$68,634 - $125,367
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$69K
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$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 (?
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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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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

  • 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Many Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists can be found at Pfizer, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Merck & Co., Inc., and Amgen Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. 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. Also paying near the top of the field are Amgen Corporation at $142K, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company at $124K, and Johnson & Johnson, where Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists annually earn $121K.

GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott Laboratories and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $93K, $94K, and $97K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $93K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $100K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $103K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $99,518

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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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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. Workers in Madison and Raleigh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (23 percent less and 11 percent less, 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
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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
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Microbiology
up arrow 14%

Stem Cell
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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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