Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (United States)

Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $98,163 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $65,013 to $135,431 per year. Total cash compensation runs from $64,266 to $123,262, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $18,481 and profit sharing that reaches $10,274. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and more than half earn vision coverage. Most Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary (?
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$64,266 - $123,262
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$23.29 - $50.50
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Salary
$64,266 - $123,262  
   
Bonus
$10.11 - $18,481  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $10,274  
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$65,013 - $135,431  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,489
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$23.29 - $50.50  
   
Overtime
$34.80 - $56.47  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$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  
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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 Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists include Pfizer, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Merck & Co., Inc. Genentech, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town—$164,303 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $53K to $177K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Amgen Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Boehringer Ingelheim Corp are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists earning around $135,594, $123,000, or $113,375 at each firm, respectively.
With a median salary of only $91,388 (80 percent lower than the top payer), GlaxoSmithKline lags significantly in the earnings department. Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer, Inc., and Merck & Co., Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($97,023, $99,344, and $102,092 respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists report using a wide range of professional skills. Bioinformatics and Clinical Research are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like biochemistry. A tool kit that includes Molecular Biology also typically contains Project Management. Those educated in Biotechnology tend to be well-versed in 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 Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $90K; however, pay rises to approximately $100K after five to 10 years. Earnings jump to six figures after one to decades in the field, and experienced workers make around $102K. Salaries grow more slowly as Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $105K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists, Princeton provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include San Francisco, Boston, South San Francisco, and Palo Alto, where Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists typically earn around 12 percent, 11 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent more than usual. Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Madison is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Seattle (-13 percent and -8 percent, 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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Product Development
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Molecular Biology
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biochemistry
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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