Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $96K per year. Total cash compensation for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists runs from $67K to $135K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $19K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (65 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$66,860 - $123,881

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$24.40 - $75.00

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Salary
$66,860 - $123,881  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,538  
Profit Sharing
$1,454 - $10,434  
Total Pay (?
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$66,969 - $134,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,484
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Hourly Rate
$24.40 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$34.21 - $49.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,538  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,454 - $10,434  
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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$66,969 - $134,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Although Genentech, Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $164K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $52K on the low end all the way up to $177K at the top. Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Astrazeneca, United States also offer top salaries for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $141K, $122K, and $118K, respectively.

Employees at GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott Laboratories, and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research can also expect below-average earnings of $91K, $93K, and $97K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Bioinformatics, Immunology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Stem Cell, Microbiology, and biochemistry. Those familiar with Molecular Biology tend to be well versed in Project Management. Most people 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.


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $91K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $99K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $102K. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $103K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Mountain View is home to an above-average pay rate for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, 21 percent higher than the national average. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+18 percent), South San Francisco (+12 percent), Palo Alto (+10 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in St. Louis earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Madison and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 22 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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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
up arrow 3%

Clinical Research
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Biotechnology
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$99,000

Product Development
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Chemistry
up arrow 3%

biochemistry
up arrow 8%

Microbiology
up arrow 13%

Stem Cell
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 213 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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