Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary

The average Senior Research Scientist in the United States earns approximately $97K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Research Scientists — including $16K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $67K to $142K depending on individual performance. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Most Senior Research Scientists survey respondents are men (71 percent). Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Senior Research Scientists is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$66,295 - $133,923
(Median)
$66K
$97K
$130K
MEDIAN: $97,362
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$23.18 - $83.83
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$23
$35
$84
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,295 - $133,923  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,144  
Profit Sharing
$1,981 - $10,137  
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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$67,040 - $141,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$23.18 - $83.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $81.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,144  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,981 - $10,137  
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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$67,040 - $141,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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Job Description for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Senior research scientists (unspecified type) typically work in a laboratory environment, conducting research and experiments for academic, industrial or commercial ends. They may help develop new products for their company, for example, or help contribute to scientific understanding within their field. If they work for universities, senior research scientists may be required to apply for grants to continue their research. Senior research scientists must have an excellent track record of safely handling hazardous materials and chemicals. They may be required to mentor, train and/or coach junior research scientists as well. Additionally, these scientists must stay up to date on developments within their field through methods such as reading academic journals, attending training programs and attending conferences within their field.

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Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) 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 (Unspecified Type)


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As Senior Research Scientists transition into upper-level roles such as Research & Development Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Research & Development Directors earn $136K on average per year. With an annual salary of $123K, Principal Scientist is the most common role for Senior Research Scientists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist role — which usually pays $98K — is also typical for Senior Research Scientists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Senior Research Scientists include Procter & Gamble Co, Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Senior Research Scientists flock to Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $122K lead the pack in compensation.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $68K to just $95K — but GlaxoSmithKline offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $77K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Senior Research Scientists seem to require a rather large skill set. Lucky workers who know Physics can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Bioinformatics and Matlab are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 22 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Chemistry and Molecular Biology. The majority of those who know Data Analysis also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $90K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $99K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $104K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Senior Research Scientist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $119K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $99,750

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

For Senior Research Scientists, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent), Cambridge (+17 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Houston (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries




National Average
$100,000


Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

Physics
up arrow 22%

up arrow 9%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 9%


Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 3%

Clinical Research
up arrow 3%

Material Science
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

Product Development
0%

Proposal Writing
0%

National Average
$100,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%


Chemistry
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 224 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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