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. Total cash compensation for Senior Research Scientists runs from $70K to $141K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $19K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Research Scientists. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Male Senior Research Scientists are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 63 percent of professionals. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$69,619 - $133,059
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$98K
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MEDIAN: $97,765
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$27.23 - $116.57
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MEDIAN: $50.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,619 - $133,059  
   
Bonus
$2,959 - $18,635  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $20,000  
Total Pay (?
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$69,739 - $140,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 824
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Hourly Rate
$27.23 - $116.57  
   
Overtime
$46.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,959 - $18,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $20,000  
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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$69,739 - $140,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 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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While not commonly seen, Senior Research Scientists who transition into a Research & Development Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Research & Development Directors is $138K per year. More often, however, Senior Research Scientists go on to become Principal Scientists or Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Research Scientists, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Procter & Gamble Co are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Procter & Gamble Co offers the most; Senior Research Scientists earn $123K on average there. Other big spenders include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Merck & Co., Inc., and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., top-paying firms where Senior Research Scientists see paychecks nearing $122K, $114K, or $112K.

Workers at Pfizer, Inc., Lonza, Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $78K, $95K, and $101K respectively.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Senior Research Scientists seem to wield many 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 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Molecular Biology, Research Analysis, and Proposal Writing. Skill sets containing Research Analysis also tend to include Product Development and Project Management. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Project Management and Product Development.

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: $100,009

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Surpassing the national average by 35 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 (+24 percent), Cambridge (+20 percent), Cincinnati (+19 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 12 percent below the national average. Employers in Chicago and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent less).

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Key Stats for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 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%

▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$100,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

Physics
▲21%

▲18%

Bioinformatics
▲9%



Chemical Process Engineering
▲3%



Clinical Research
▼0%

National Average
$100,000







Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

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: 70%
no benefits
None: 6%
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