Chief Scientist Salary

Pay for Chief Scientists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $133K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. There are far more male Chief Scientists survey respondents than women, making up 87 percent. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn vision coverage. For the most part, Chief Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$91,641 - $207,523
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MEDIAN: $138,325
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Salary $91,641 - $207,523
Bonus $1,855 - $82,414
Profit Sharing $1,024
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$93,817 - $209,015
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 68

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Job Description for Chief Scientist

The chief scientist typically specializes in a field or discipline such as chemical, metallurgic, electronic, or even human-interface areas of science. The chief scientist helps initiate research projects, sets up experiments and other testing schematics, and then analyzes results and repeats that sequence.

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Chief Scientist Tasks

  • Lead research, set themes, and priorities and oversee objectives.
  • Construct and direct prototyping and materials management for the research team.
  • Complete, update, revise, and document budgets.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Chief Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 8 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $144,000 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Chief Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $155,000 based on 31 salaries. A Chief Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $181,000 based on 25 salaries.

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Key Stats for Chief Scientist

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Chief Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

Experienced
▲10%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$141,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Chief Scientist Salaries

Big Data Analytics
▲26%

Machine Learning
▲21%

National Average
$141,000

Project Management
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 10%
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