Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

An average Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $96K annually. With some bonuses approaching $19K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $14K, overall incomes of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists spread between $67K and $136K depending on individual performance. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. The majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (65 percent) who took the survey are men. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$66,738 - $124,173
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MEDIAN: $96,454
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$24.40 - $75.00
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Salary
$66,738 - $124,173  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,747  
Profit Sharing
$1,479 - $14,191  
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$66,848 - $135,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,483
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Hourly Rate
$24.40 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$34.21 - $49.38  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,747  
   
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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$66,848 - $135,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Merck & Co., Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pfizer, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, 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. Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Astrazeneca, United States are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists earning around $139K, $122K, or $119K at each firm, respectively.

Employees at Abbott Laboratories, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and Qiagen Corp. can also expect below-average earnings of $93K, $97K, and $98K.

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, 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. Those familiar with Biotechnology also tend to 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.


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $91K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $99K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $103K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $104K on average.

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 in St. Louis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Madison (22 percent lower) and Philadelphia (8 percent lower).

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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




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
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Microbiology
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Stem Cell
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 215 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
36%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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