Average Staff Scientist Salary

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The average salary for a Staff Scientist is $77,402.
MEDIAN $77,402
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$45k - $124k
$933 - $16k
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$682 - $11k
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$42k - $127k

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Job Description for Staff Scientist

Staff Scientist Tasks
  • Develop and conduct scientific research projects with minimal supervision.
  • Accurately document and publish scientific findings.
  • Manage the technical, budgetary, and scheduling aspects of scientific research projects.
The top respondents for the job title Staff Scientist are from the companies Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Eurofins and Covance, Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Solenis where the average pay is $107,943. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, earning around $103,031 and $92,280, respectively. ATC Group Services pays the lowest at around $40,385. Eurofins and Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $55,000 and $66,819, respectively.

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Staff Scientist
Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology
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Popular Skills for Staff Scientist

Skills in Research Analysis and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management, Environmental Consulting and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Scientist

An entry-level Staff Scientist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $52,864 based on 133 salaries. An early career Staff Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,988 based on 595 salaries. A mid-career Staff Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $83,619 based on 377 salaries. An experienced Staff Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $96,173 based on 324 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $105,525.
Employees with Staff Scientist in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 52.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (19.6% more) and Wilmington, Delaware (12.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (17.6% less), Seattle, Washington (4.8% less) and Washington, District of Columbia (2.4% less).

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