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

With more than half of Senior Research Scientists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, the field is heavily weighted towards experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $62,533 to $142,098 per year and averages out to $98,406 annually. Total cash compensation runs from $61,828 to $133,820, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15,535 and profit sharing that reaches $11,542. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; the vast majority people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Most Senior Research Scientists are men (74 percent). Job satisfaction for Senior Research Scientists is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale 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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$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  
PayScale
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 advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Research & Development (R&D) Director will earn $35K more than someone not as far along in their career. As Senior Research Scientists progress in their field, many go on to become Principal Scientists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay is raised by $22K per year. Another common career choice for Senior Research Scientists is to move into a Senior Biotechnology Research Scientist role—oddly enough, this promotion comes with a pay cut of $1,198.

Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Although Pfizer, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $113,476, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $84K or as much as $171K. 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 seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Most people who know 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 one and two decades on the job, workers' pay passes the six-figure mark, with typical earnings around $105K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Senior Research Scientists after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $124K. The largest number of Senior Research Scientists have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Research Scientists, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Cambridge, and San Francisco are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Senior Research Scientists earning around 11 percent, 11 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent more than average. With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (-6 percent) and Seattle (-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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