Senior Research Scientists in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $98K) surpassing six figures annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Research Scientists can bottom out near $70K or peak near $140K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Senior Research Scientists is high. Senior Research Scientists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 60 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

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MEDIAN: $98,074
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,739 - $133,227  
   
Bonus
$2,900 - $15,592  
Profit Sharing
$1,479 - $10,304  
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$69,829 - $140,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 795
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$25.64 - $116.57  
   
Overtime
$46.25  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,900 - $15,592  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,479 - $10,304  
Total Pay (?
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$69,829 - $140,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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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

  • Lead the formulation, development, and optimization of new programs, designs, and prototypes.
  • Participate in research formulating and writing with other staff.
  • Assess new technologies and future applications of technologies.
  • Propose, plan, and manage research projects, report preparation, and presentation of findings.

Common Career Paths for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


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There are some Senior Research Scientists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Research & Development Directors, where earnings are an average $138K annually. The most common promotion for Senior Research Scientists is Principal Scientist, a position that typically pays $123K annually. Another standard transition for Senior Research Scientists seeking advancement is to assume a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist role, where pay is often $99K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Senior Research Scientists flock to GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Procter & Gamble Co, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Senior Research Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Procter & Gamble Co; in fact, median earnings sit around $123K, the highest in the area. Also paying near the top of the field are Bristol-Myers Squibb Company at $122K, Merck & Co., Inc. at $116K, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., where Senior Research Scientists annually earn $112K.

Employees at GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Inc., and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $99K, $105K, and $112K.

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, facility with Physics, Matlab, and Bioinformatics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 16 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Molecular Biology, Research Analysis, and Proposal Writing. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Project Management and Product Development. Most people experienced in Research Analysis also know Product Development and 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. Inexperienced workers earn around $94K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $101K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $102K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Senior Research Scientist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $112K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $100,326

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For Senior Research Scientists, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+23 percent), Cambridge (+20 percent), Cincinnati (+19 percent), and San Francisco (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Chicago (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%
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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
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Clinical Research
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National Average
$100,000








Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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