Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salary

Senior Research Scientists in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $98K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Senior Research Scientists bottoms out near $70K and approaches $141K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $18K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Senior Research Scientists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 61 percent. Most Senior Research Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,017 - $132,992
$70K
$98K
$130K
MEDIAN: $97,881
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$26.78 - $119.79
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$120
MEDIAN: $57.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,017 - $132,992  
   
Bonus
$2,930 - $17,735  
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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$70,279 - $140,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 758
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Hourly Rate
$26.78 - $119.79  
   
Overtime
$46.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,930 - $17,735  
   
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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$70,279 - $140,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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. However, it's more common for Senior Research Scientists to move into roles as Principal Scientists or Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnologys.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Procter & Gamble Co are all popular places to work. Senior Research Scientists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Procter & Gamble Co, where the average salary comes to $123K. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Merck & Co., Inc., and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. also offer top salaries for Senior Research Scientists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $122K, $114K, and $112K, respectively.

Pfizer, Inc., Lonza, Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($78K, $95K, and $101K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)


Senior Research Scientists seem to exploit a large range 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Molecular Biology, Research Analysis, and Proposal Writing. The majority of those who know Data Analysis also know Project Management and Product Development. Those who learned Research Analysis also tend to 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.


For Senior Research Scientists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $93K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $101K. For Senior Research Scientists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $102K. Senior Research Scientists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $111K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $100,231

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

For Senior Research Scientists, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Senior Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+23 percent), Cambridge (+20 percent), Cincinnati (+19 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago and Houston (3 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

▲11%

▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$100,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Salaries

Physics
▲21%

▲18%

Bioinformatics
▲8%



Chemical Process Engineering
▲3%


Clinical Research
▼0%

National Average
$100,000








Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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