Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary

An average Biotechnology Research Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $81K annually. Cash earnings for Biotechnology Research Scientists — including $15K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $48K to $118K depending on individual performance. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Biotechnology Research Scientists (56 percent) who responded to the survey. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$49,658 - $110,219
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$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,027
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$17.35 - $47.10
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$0$116K
Salary $49,658 - $110,219
Bonus $1,930 - $14,883
Profit Sharing $1,980 - $14,795
Commission $5,028
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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$48,808 - $116,855
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,391
Hourly Data $0$76
Hourly Rate $17.35 - $47.10
Overtime $22.31 - $76.00
Annual Data $0$116K
Bonus $1,930 - $14,883
Commission $5,028
Profit Sharing $1,980 - $14,795
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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$48,808 - $116,855
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 105

Job Description for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Most biotechnology research scientists work in a laboratory conducting experiments in the field of biotechnology, which looks to incorporate the unique characteristics of nature to invent or propose a product that can (for example) further crop growth, preserve food with greater safety, and possibly create a better pharmaceutical drug.

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Research Scientist, Biotechnology Tasks

  • Focus on areas that affect vital processes such as growth and aging.
  • Research or study chemical composition and processes of living organisms.
  • Determine chemical actions and effects on organisms such as the action of foods, drugs, or other substances on body functions and tissues.

Common Career Paths for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


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Though some Biotechnology Research Scientists move into positions like Pharmaceutical Research & Development Director (where the average salary is $135K), this progression is not the norm. Biotechnology Research Scientists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists or Senior Product Development Scientists. The median paychecks in those roles are $18K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

Research Scientist, Biotechnology Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Dominating the field, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pfizer, Inc., Life Technologies, and Amgen Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Biotechnology Research Scientists. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $115K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Amgen Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where Biotechnology Research Scientists typically earn around $105K, $104K, or $104K, respectively.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Life Technologies, where the median salary is just $69K — 67 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. at $74K, and Pfizer, Inc. where $77K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Biotechnology Research Scientists there earn up to $144K.

Popular Skills for Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Scientists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Neuroscience, Chemistry, and Mass Spectrometry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 24 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Those listing PCR Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Product Development and Molecular Biology also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Biotechnology tend to be well versed in Data Analysis and Bioinformatics.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Pay by Experience for a Research Scientist, Biotechnology has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Scientist, Biotechnology with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 688 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Scientist, Biotechnology with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 416 salaries. An experienced Research Scientist, Biotechnology which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 254 salaries. A Research Scientist, Biotechnology with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,512

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

Home to some of the best pay for Biotechnology Research Scientists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Emeryville (+25 percent), South San Francisco (+21 percent), Cambridge (+21 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Minneapolis. St. Louis and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

Research Scientist, Biotechnology Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Scientist, Biotechnology?

Research Scientist, Biotechnology in Whitesboro:
"Rewarding Work."
Pros: The people, flexible hours, ability to get over time, learning about new drugs and biological processes.
Cons: Poor management. Poor communication. No recognition for going above and beyond. Having a "do the minimum to get by" attitude.

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Key Stats for Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

▲25%

▲11%

▼0%

National Average
$82,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Neuroscience
▲35%

Chemistry
▲24%

Mass Spectrometry
▲15%

▲14%

cell culture
▲9%

biochemistry
▲7%

▲6%

Project Management
▲3%




National Average
$82,000

Protein Purification
▼1%



PCR Analysis
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 10%