Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary

Salaries for Senior Research Scientists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($98K) per year. In the world of Senior Research Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $70K and $144K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $18K and $20K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. For the most part, Senior Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Senior Research Scientists (64 percent) who took the survey are men. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$70,132 - $135,790
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MEDIAN: $98,152
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$26.64 - $121.20
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$0$144K
Salary $70,132 - $135,790
Bonus $2,979 - $18,496
Profit Sharing $2,269 - $20,238
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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$70,398 - $144,131
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 791
Hourly Data $0$121
Hourly Rate $26.64 - $121.20
Overtime $46.25
Annual Data $0$144K
Bonus $2,979 - $18,496
Profit Sharing $2,269 - $20,238
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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$70,398 - $144,131
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 13

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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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It's not very common for Senior Research Scientists to move on to become Research & Development Directors. Average pay for a Research & Development Director is $138K annually. As Senior Research Scientists progress in their field, many go on to become Principal Scientists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $123K per year. Another common career choice for Senior Research Scientists is to move into a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist role. Typically, Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists get paid $99K.

Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Dominating the field, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Procter & Gamble Co are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Senior Research Scientists. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Procter & Gamble Co offers the most; Senior Research Scientists earn $123K on average there. Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company ($122K), Merck & Co., Inc. ($114K), and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. ($112K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pfizer, Inc. ($78K), Lonza, Inc. ($95K), and GlaxoSmithKline ($101K).

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Senior Research Scientists report using 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, 18 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Molecular Biology, Research Analysis, and Proposal Writing. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know Project Management and Product Development. The majority of those who know Research Analysis also know Product Development and Project Management.

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

Pay by Experience for a Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 272 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 290 salaries. An experienced Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 271 salaries. A Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 139 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $100,551

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

Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Senior Research Scientists in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+23 percent), Cambridge (+20 percent), Cincinnati (+18 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Workers in Chicago and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less).

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Key Stats for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

▲11%

▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$101,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

Physics
▲21%

▲18%

Bioinformatics
▲8%



Chemical Process Engineering
▲3%


National Average
$101,000


Clinical Research
▼1%







Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 5%
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