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Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (United States)

The average Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist in the United States earns approximately $95K per year. Cash earnings for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists — which occasionally include more than $18K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $65K to approximately $135K. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Almost all workers report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists — 65 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$64,266 - $123,262
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$23.29 - $50.50
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$64,266 - $123,262  
   
Bonus
$10.11 - $18,481  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $10,274  
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$65,013 - $135,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,489
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Overtime
$34.80 - $56.47  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$10.11 - $18,481  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $10,274  
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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$65,013 - $135,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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

Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists include Pfizer, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Merck & Co., Inc. Genentech, Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $164K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $52K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $177K. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries at Amgen Corporation (+$136K), Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (+$136K, $123K), and Boehringer Ingelheim Corp (+$113K).
Workers at Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer, Inc., and Merck & Co., Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $97K, $99K, and $102K respectively.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Survey results suggest that Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Bioinformatics, Clinical Research, Project Management, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like biochemistry. For most people, competency in Biotechnology indicates knowledge of Product Development and Project Management. A tool kit that includes Molecular Biology also typically contains 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 $90K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $97K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum 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 $105K on average. Approximately one-half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up more than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-tenth.

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For those looking to make money, Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in Princeton enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, Boston, South San Francisco, and Palo Alto, where Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists annually earn 12 percent, 11 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Madison, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Los Angeles and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 8 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

Clinical Research
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Project Management
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Biotechnology
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Product Development
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National Average
$98,000
Molecular Biology
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biochemistry
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%