The average salary for a Molecular Biologist is $59,973.
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Job Description for Molecular Biologist
Molecular biologists work in a variety of settings that include hospitals, universities, independent laboratories, colleges, nonprofit companies, and government agencies. Most employers prefer that molecular biologists have a PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, organic chemistry, or bioengineering. However, employers may consider candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and significant experience as a molecular biologist. Molecular biologists must be able to use …Read more
Molecular Biologist Tasks
- Research, identify, and test processes to improve formulations and technologies to create products.
- Create written and oral reports to convey findings, recommendations, and safety information.
- Maintain chain of custody and proper storage for samples, performing general lab duties to meet standards.
- Use scientific equipment to characterize specimens or products.
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Popular Skills for Molecular Biologist
Skills in Molecular Biology, Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Protein Purification are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quality Assurance / Quality Control and PCR Analysis.
Pay by Experience Level for Molecular Biologist
An entry-level Molecular Biologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $55,496 based on 28 salaries. An early career Molecular Biologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,282 based on 123 salaries. A mid-career Molecular Biologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,551 based on 92 salaries. An experienced Molecular Biologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $72,027 based on 60 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $95,388.
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Employees with Molecular Biologist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 50.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (41.7% more) and Indianapolis, Indiana (0.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New York, New York (17.6% less), Austin, Texas (15.2% less) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7.3% less).
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