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Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Median pay for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States is around $96K annually. In the world of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $67K and $135K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $18K and $14K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (64 percent) survey respondents are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$66,254 - $123,821
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$66K
$96K
$120K
MEDIAN: $96,060
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$24.32 - $75.50
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$76
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,254 - $123,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,288  
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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$66,515 - $135,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,482
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$24.32 - $75.50  
   
Overtime
$33.61 - $49.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,288  
   
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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$66,515 - $135,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists flock to Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Abbott Laboratories, Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer, Inc., and Amgen Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Genentech, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $164K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($52K versus $177K) is great. Soaring salaries can also be found at Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Astrazeneca, United States, where earnings of $138K, $122K, or $119K are standard for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists.

Workers at Abbott Laboratories, Qiagen Corp., and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $92K, $97K, and $97K respectively.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Bioinformatics, Immunology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Stem Cell, Microbiology, and Data Analysis. Most people skilled in Biotechnology are similarly competent in Product Development and Project Management. It is often found that people who know Molecular Biology are also skilled in 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $90K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $98K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $102K. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $105K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, busy Mountain View offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+16 percent), South San Francisco (+12 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Palo Alto (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, St. Louis Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. 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
$99,000


Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries


Immunology
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Clinical Research
up arrow 2%

Biotechnology
up arrow 1%

Product Development
0%

National Average
$99,000

Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%

Chemistry
up arrow 3%

biochemistry
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 5%

Microbiology
up arrow 13%

Stem Cell
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 243 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

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: 69% employee benefits None: 5%
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