Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary (United States)

52 percent of Senior Research Scientists in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $62,533 to $142,098 per year, but standard earnings come to around $98,406 per year. While geography and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Almost all workers enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Making up 74 percent of the field, male Senior Research Scientists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is enjoyable for Senior Research Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary (?
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$61,828 - $133,820
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MEDIAN: $95,546
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Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary (?
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$18.78 - $82.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,828 - $133,820  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,535  
Profit Sharing
$1,942 - $11,542  
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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$62,533 - $142,098  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,528
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$18.78 - $82.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $484.79  
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,535  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,942 - $11,542  
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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$62,533 - $142,098  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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Job Description for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Senior research scientists lead the formulation, development, and optimization of new programs, designs, and prototypes. They stay on the cutting age of modern science, assessing new technologies and their future applications. They propose, plan, and manage research projects. Many positions are based out of university research departments or laboratories, but other positions can be with technology companies or government-run agencies.
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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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For Senior Research Scientists, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Research & Development (R&D) Director, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $35K annually than those further down the career ladder. Going from Senior Research Scientist to Principal Scientist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are bigger by $22K. Many others choose to work as Senior Biotechnology Research Scientists, where pay actually goes down by $1,198.

Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Pfizer, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town—$113,476 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $84K to $171K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $100,000.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Senior Research Scientists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Image Processing, Statistical Analysis, Matlab, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 19 percent, 14 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Most people experienced in Data Analysis also know Project Management.

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

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Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Salaries can reach $100K from $88K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures, with the typical worker pulling down $105K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Senior Research Scientists and pay is expected at $124K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Senior Research Scientists report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Senior Research Scientists that is 25 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Cambridge, and San Francisco, where Senior Research Scientists typically earn around 11 percent, 11 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent more than usual. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 9 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-6 percent and -6 percent).

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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

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$98,000

Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 5%
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