Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary

Senior Research Scientists in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — close to one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $66K to $141K per year, median earnings come to $97K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Research Scientists bottoms out near $66K and approaches $141K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $16K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Senior Research Scientists survey respondents are men (73 percent). Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Senior Research Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$65,296 - $134,601
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$65K
$97K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,705
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$20.44 - $73.73
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$36
$74
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,296 - $134,601  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,633  
Profit Sharing
$1,943 - $10,304  
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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$65,810 - $141,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,510
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$20.44 - $73.73  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $82.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,633  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,943 - $10,304  
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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$65,810 - $141,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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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Senior Research Scientists who go on to become Research & Development Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Research & Development Directors is $135K annually. Going from Senior Research Scientist to Principal Scientist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $122K. Many others choose to work as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, where pay is typically $98K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Many Senior Research Scientists can be found at Pfizer, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $122K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $68K to just $96K — but GlaxoSmithKline offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $76K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Survey results imply that Senior Research Scientists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Physics, Matlab, and Bioinformatics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and toxicology. Most people 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.


Senior Research Scientists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $98K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $88K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $103K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $124K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Research Scientists, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+21 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Workers in Chicago and New York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries



National Average
$99,000



Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

Physics
up arrow 23%

up arrow 11%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 10%



Project Management
up arrow 3%

Material Science
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
0%

Data Analysis
0%

Proposal Writing
0%

National Average
$99,000

Product Development
up arrow 1%

toxicology
up arrow 3%


Chemistry
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 275 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%
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