$82,415
Avg. Salary
$26.54
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$7,174

Bonus

$4,943

Profit Sharing

$5,024

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Research Scientist, Biotechnology is $26.54 per hour.

The median Research Scientist, Biotechnology has a base pay of $82,415. Salaries generally range from $50k to $111k. The median bonus is $7,174. Skills that can affect salary include Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Product Development, Data Analysis, Protein Purification, Bioinformatics, Stem Cell, Immunology, cell culture, Mass Spectrometry, Chemistry, biochemistry, Project Management, PCR Analysis, Neuroscience.
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$46.10
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MEDIAN $26.54
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90%
MEDIAN $82,415
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MEDIAN: $82,415
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$0$117K
Salary $50,362 - $111,005
Bonus $1,757 - $14,292
Profit Sharing $1,750 - $10,262
Commission $1,021 - $11,745
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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$49,252 - $117,560
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,368
Hourly Data $0$73
Hourly Rate $17.22 - $46.10
Overtime $19.80 - $73.91
Annual Data $0$117K
Bonus $1,757 - $14,292
Commission $1,021 - $11,745
Profit Sharing $1,750 - $10,262
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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$49,252 - $117,560
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 161

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.

Research Scientist, Biotechnology Pay By Employer

$0$148K

$61,616

$88,805

Pfizer, Inc.
15 profiles
$87,018

$103,896

$101,700

Genentech, Inc.
11 profiles
$110,601

GlaxoSmithKline
11 profiles
$92,245

$68,591

Illumina, Inc.
9 profiles
$89,279

$61,099

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 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: $83,092

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:
Over worked, ridiculously under pay (50% less than my current pay at the new company), racists, double standards, unappreciated. Previous managers sexist, favor toward male employer also East Asians! High stressed! Thermofisher huggers management layers instead of hiring employees.

Research Scientist, Biotechnology in Langston:
"Challenging."
Pros: It is home. I came back home to work. What could be better than that?
Cons: The depth that political influence has on all the employees.

Research Scientist, Biotechnology in Albuquerque:
"Focus."
Focus only on your expertise and not other Principal Investigator, remain with agenda and advice given by mentors and refuse negative collaboration for results lead to inaccurate results- stay positive with belief the analysis is your expected results rather wrong or right.

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
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 246 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

▲23%

▲9%

National Average
$83,000

▼2%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Neuroscience
▲32%

Chemistry
▲21%

Mass Spectrometry
▲13%

▲12%

cell culture
▲7%

biochemistry
▲5%

▲4%

Project Management
▲1%


National Average
$83,000



Protein Purification
▼3%



PCR Analysis
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 246 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 9%