Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary

Senior Research Scientists in the United States can expect wages of $97K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Research Scientists can bottom out near $67K or peak near $142K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Research Scientists who answered the questionnnaire. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$66,295 - $133,923
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$66K
$97K
$130K
MEDIAN: $97,362
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$23.18 - $83.83
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$84
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,295 - $133,923  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,144  
Profit Sharing
$1,981 - $10,137  
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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$67,040 - $141,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$23.18 - $83.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $81.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,144  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,981 - $10,137  
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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$67,040 - $141,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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 $136K per year. 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 $123K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Research Scientists to assume a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist role; in this role, workers often earn $98K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Senior Research Scientists fill the offices of leading firms Procter & Gamble Co, Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. The biggest paychecks can be found at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company — the median salary there is $122K.

GlaxoSmithKline doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $77K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $95K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Survey takers working as Senior Research Scientists report using a large range of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Physics can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Bioinformatics and Matlab are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 22 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $90K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $99K on average. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $104K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Senior Research Scientists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $119K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $99,750

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Senior Research Scientists in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+21 percent), Cambridge (+17 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Chicago and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries




National Average
$100,000


Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

Physics
up arrow 22%

up arrow 9%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 9%


Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 3%

Clinical Research
up arrow 3%

Material Science
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

Product Development
0%

Proposal Writing
0%

National Average
$100,000

Research Analysis
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Chemistry
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 224 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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