Wages for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($99K) per year. Total cash compensation for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists runs from $69K to $140K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $19K and profit sharing that can reach almost $27K. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are more male Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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$24.24 - $64.78
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,172 - $129,839  
   
Bonus
$3,060 - $19,226  
Profit Sharing
$1,973 - $26,665  
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$69,418 - $140,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,002
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Hourly Rate
$24.24 - $64.78  
   
Overtime
$50.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,060 - $19,226  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,973 - $26,665  
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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$69,418 - $140,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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Job Description for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Senior research scientists in biotechnology hold a research position which can cover the fields of biology, chemistry, or mathematics. Their research and work may range from academic or industrial projects to developing new products for a company, and they also contribute to the understanding of technical concepts in their fields.

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Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Tasks

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


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Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists often transition into Principal Scientist positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Principal Scientists earn $123K per year.

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pfizer, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Genentech, Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline. Amgen Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $144K. Also paying near the top of the field are Genentech, Inc. at $134K, Johnson & Johnson at $132K, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists annually earn $124K.

Abbott Laboratories, Qiagen Corp., and GlaxoSmithKline are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $96K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Cell Biology, Software Development, and Immunology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 21 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microbiology and Stem Cell. Those familiar with Molecular Biology tend to be well versed in Project Management and Product Development. The majority of those 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.


Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $96K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $103K. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $108K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $105K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,764

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Princeton (+16 percent), Cambridge (+15 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and South San Francisco (+8 percent). Compared to the national average, St. Louis Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists have considerably lower salaries, 30 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 Carlsbad earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (24 percent less and 16 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
$102,000


Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Cell Biology
up arrow 30%

Software Development
up arrow 21%

Immunology
up arrow 16%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 9%


biochemistry
up arrow 6%

Biotechnology
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Protein Purification
up arrow 2%

Product Development
up arrow 1%

Clinical Research
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
0%

National Average
$102,000

Stem Cell
up arrow 7%

Microbiology
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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