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Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (United States)

The average Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist in the United States earns approximately $95K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $18K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists can bottom out near $65K or peak near $135K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (?
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$64,467 - $123,017
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MEDIAN: $95,141
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Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (?
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$23.12 - $73.97
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$64,467 - $123,017  
   
Bonus
$-0.39 - $18,478  
Profit Sharing
$1,400 - $10,293  
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$65,050 - $134,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,483
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$23.12 - $73.97  
   
Overtime
$34.80 - $56.47  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.39 - $18,478  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,400 - $10,293  
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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$65,050 - $134,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Known for taking on a considerable number of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, Pfizer, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Abbott Laboratories, Amgen Corporation, and Merck & Co., Inc. are leading firms in the industry. 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. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Boehringer Ingelheim Corp, where Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists typically earn around $136K, $126K, or $112K, respectively.
Employees at Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer, Inc., and Merck & Co., Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $96K, $99K, and $110K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Bioinformatics, Clinical Research, Project Management, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include biochemistry. Most people familiar with Molecular Biology also know Project Management. Those familiar with Biotechnology also tend to 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 Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $90K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $97K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $102K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $104K.

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Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in Mountain View, San Francisco, and Palo Alto — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Madison is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Seattle and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent less).

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
$98,000

Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Clinical Research
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$98,000
Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 318 votes.

Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%