Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary

Senior Research Scientists in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and about one-half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $97K annually, but may range from $66K to $142K per year. In the world of Senior Research Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $66K and $142K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $16K and $10K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Research Scientists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Research Scientists. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$65,233 - $134,835
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$65K
$97K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,745
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$21.97 - $77.25
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$22
$38
$77
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,233 - $134,835  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,545  
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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$65,751 - $141,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,512
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$21.97 - $77.25  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $82.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,545  
   
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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$65,751 - $141,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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)


Pfizer, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Senior Research Scientists. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $122K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $68K to just $105K — but GlaxoSmithKline offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $77K.

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. Matlab and Bioinformatics are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 10 percent and 22 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and toxicology. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of Project Management. Those familiar with Research Analysis tend to be well versed in Product Development, Project Management, and Material Science.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Research Scientists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $88K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $98K on average. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $103K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $124K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Research Scientists, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cambridge (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+11 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Cincinnati (+11 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (9 percent lower) and New York (2 percent lower).

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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 22%

up arrow 10%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 10%


Project Management
up arrow 4%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 3%

Material Science
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
0%

Data Analysis
0%

Proposal Writing
0%

National Average
$99,000

Product Development
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toxicology
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Chemistry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 280 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
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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