Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary

Approximately one-half of Senior Research Scientists in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $66K to $141K per year, but median earnings come to around $97K per year. In the world of Senior Research Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $66K and $141K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $16K and $11K, respectively. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most Senior Research Scientists survey respondents are men (73 percent). Job satisfaction for Senior Research Scientists is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$65,343 - $134,661

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$22.24 - $76.03

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,343 - $134,661  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,514  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $10,748  
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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$65,886 - $141,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,496
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$22.24 - $76.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $82.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,514  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $10,748  
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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$65,886 - $141,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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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At the upper end, Senior Research Scientists who move into a Research & Development Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Research & Development Directors is a much higher $134K per year. The most common career progression for Senior Research Scientists leads to becoming a Principal Scientist, where average pay is $122K annually. However, many Senior Research Scientists also opt to become Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Typically, a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist brings home $98K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Pfizer, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Research Scientists. Those at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $122K.

Senior Research Scientists will find the worst pay at GlaxoSmithKline, where the median salary crawls in at $76K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $96K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and toxicology. Most people experienced in 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.


For Senior Research Scientists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $88K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $98K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $103K. As Senior Research Scientists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $124K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Research Scientists, 32 percent higher than the national average. Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+21 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent.

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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%


Statistical Analysis
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Material Science
up arrow 2%

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 267 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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