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

Senior Research Scientists in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and over one-half have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $96K annually, but may range from $63K to $142K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Research Scientists range from $63K on the low end to $142K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $16K and $12K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by geography and the specific company. The vast majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Making up 74 percent of the field, male Senior Research Scientists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Research Scientists. This overview is derived from replies to 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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MEDIAN: $48.00
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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  
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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
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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Senior Research Scientists may experience if they take an upper-level role like Research & Development Director. The position tends to pay $134K annually. Becoming a Principal Scientist is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Research Scientists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $120K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Research Scientists to assume a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist role; in this role, workers often earn $97K.

Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Pfizer, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $113K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $84K to a high of $171K. Pfizer, Inc. is yet another employer known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Survey results imply that Senior Research Scientists deploy 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Chemistry and Molecular Biology. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $87K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $96K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $105K. 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. Senior Research Scientists with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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$98,000
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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. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Cambridge, and San Francisco, top-paying markets where Senior Research Scientists rake in more than the national norm (+11 percent, +11 percent, +10 percent, and +9 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis and Seattle (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

National Average
$98,000

Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

Image Processing
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Research Analysis
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Material Science
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Data Analysis
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Product Development
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$98,000
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Chemistry
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 453 votes.

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%