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Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary

About one-half of Senior Research Scientists in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $65K to $142K per year, but median earnings come to around $97K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Research Scientists bottoms out near $65K and approaches $142K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $16K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Senior Research Scientists survey respondents are men (73 percent). The majority of Senior Research Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$65,105 - $134,798
(Median)
$65K
$97K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,783
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$18.16 - $77.25
(Median)
$18
$35
$77
MEDIAN: $34.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,105 - $134,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,579  
Profit Sharing
$1,834 - $10,256  
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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$65,438 - $142,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,499
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$18.16 - $77.25  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $82.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,579  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,834 - $10,256  
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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$65,438 - $142,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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 transition into a Research & Development Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $135K 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 $122K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Research Scientists to assume a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist role; in this role, workers often earn $98K.

Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Job Listings

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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 leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $122K.

GlaxoSmithKline offers the least pay with a median salary of $77K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $105K.

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 22 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Molecular Biology, Chemistry, and toxicology. Those familiar with Research Analysis tend to be well versed in Product Development, Project Management, and Material Science. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $88K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $98K on average. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $103K. Senior Research Scientists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $124K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Research Scientists that is 31 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cambridge (+23 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), Cincinnati (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (9 percent lower) and San Diego (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 8%


Project Management
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Material Science
up arrow 1%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$99,000

Product Development
up arrow 1%

toxicology
up arrow 3%


Chemistry
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 297 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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