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Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

For Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, yearly average wages total $96K annually. Cash earnings for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists — including $18K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $65K to $135K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (65 percent) who took the survey are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$65,075 - $123,481
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$65K
$96K
$120K
MEDIAN: $95,772
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$24.24 - $76.03
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$24
$33
$76
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,075 - $123,481  
   
Bonus
$0.79 - $18,182  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $10,357  
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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$65,419 - $134,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,490
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$24.24 - $76.03  
   
Overtime
$33.61 - $49.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.79 - $18,182  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $10,357  
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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$65,419 - $134,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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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


Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Abbott Laboratories, Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer, Inc., and Amgen Corporation are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Genentech, Inc. — the median salary there is $164K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $52K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $177K. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries at Amgen Corporation (+$139K), Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (+$123K), and Boehringer Ingelheim Corp (+$112K).

Also approaching the lower end are Abbott Laboratories at $92K, Qiagen Corp. at $97K, and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research at $97K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Bioinformatics, Project Management, Clinical Research, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microbiology, biochemistry, and Data Analysis. For most people, competency in Biotechnology indicates knowledge of Product Development and Project Management. Skill sets containing Molecular Biology also tend to include Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $91K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $98K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $102K. 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, 20 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), Boston (+10 percent), South San Francisco (+10 percent), and Palo Alto (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 28 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Madison and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (22 percent less and 9 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
$98,000


Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries


Project Management
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Clinical Research
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Biotechnology
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National Average
$98,000

Molecular Biology
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Product Development
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Data Analysis
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biochemistry
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Microbiology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 260 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%