$101,099
Avg. Salary

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$10,079

Profit Sharing

$7,201

Commission

$9,000

Compensation for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($102K). Total cash compensation to Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists bottoms out near $72K and approaches $142K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $26K from profit sharing. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (61 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$71,109 - $130,856
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$0$142K
Salary $71,109 - $130,856
Bonus $3,026 - $19,679
Profit Sharing $1,951 - $24,240
Commission $9,000
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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$71,489 - $142,576
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,028
Hourly Data $0$358
Hourly Rate $26.50 - $77.42
Overtime $0.00 - $359
Annual Data $0$142K
Bonus $3,026 - $19,679
Commission $9,000
Profit Sharing $1,951 - $24,240
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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$71,489 - $142,576
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 24

Job Description for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Senior research scientists in biotechnology hold a research position which can cover the fields of biology, chemistry, or mathematics. Their research and work may range from academic or industrial projects to developing new products for a company, and they also contribute to the understanding of technical concepts in their fields.

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Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Tasks

  • Lead the formulation, development, and optimization of new programs, designs, and prototypes.
  • Participate in research formulating and writing with other staff.
  • Assess new technologies and future applications of technologies.
  • Propose, plan, and manage research projects, report preparation, and presentation of findings.

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Pfizer, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Genentech, Inc., and Merck & Co., Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Amgen Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $141K. Johnson & Johnson, Genentech, Inc., and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company also offer top salaries for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $138K, $132K, and $124K, respectively.

Workers at GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott Laboratories, and Qiagen Corp. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $95K, $96K, and $96K respectively.

Common Career Paths for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


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Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Research & Development Director. The average Research & Development Director brings home $138K per year. Going from Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist to Principal Scientist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $123K. Many others choose to work as Senior Product Development Scientists, where pay is typically $97K.

Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Job Listings

Popular Skills for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Cell Biology, Software Development, and Immunology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 17 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Stem Cell. Most people familiar with Molecular Biology also know Project Management and Product Development. Most people familiar with Biotechnology also know Product Development and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Pay by Experience for a Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 347 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior 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 $105,000 based on 394 salaries. An experienced Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 346 salaries. A Senior 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 $107,000 based on 107 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,867

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

Home to some of the best pay for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Princeton (+18 percent), Cambridge (+11 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Madison Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Carlsbad earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (21 percent less and 18 percent less, respectively).

Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Reviews

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

Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology in Cleveland:
"Ups And Downs Of Small Biotech."
Pros: Challenge of the position, the knowledge/expertise around me.
Cons: Compensation, poor people management, bad resources.

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Key Stats for Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

▲5%

▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$105,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salaries

Cell Biology
▲25%

Software Development
▲17%

▲14%

Chemical Process Engineering
▲9%

Statistical Analysis
▲6%




biochemistry
▲2%



National Average
$105,000


Protein Purification
▼2%

Clinical Research
▼2%

▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 5%