Average Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Salary

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The average salary for a Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) is $172,432.
MEDIAN $172,432
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$93k - $330k

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Job Description for Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Tasks
  • Provide scientific guidance on strategic and operating decisions, setting strategy, and performance goals.
  • Manage staff and set timelines, including scientific and regulatory training.
  • Set up protocols for and personally handle regulatory documents and inspections.

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Popular Skills for Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

Skills in Biotechnology, Leadership, Clinical Research and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

An entry-level Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $81,500 based on 11 salaries. An early career Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $93,460 based on 23 salaries. A mid-career Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $123,699 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $175,466 based on 88 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $200,019.
Employees with Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) in their job title in Cambridge, Massachusetts earn an average of 59.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (23.2% more) and San Francisco, California (19.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (13.0% less).

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