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Average Staff Scientist Salary

$78,339
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,052
Bonus
$4,773
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The average salary for a Staff Scientist is $78,339.
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$46k
MEDIAN
$78k
90%
$126k
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What Do Staff Scientists Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Staff Scientist

3.7 out of 5
(249)
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The top respondents for the job title Staff Scientist are from the companies Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc and Eurofins. Reported salaries are highest at Solenis where the average pay is $107,943. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., earning around $101,341 and $99,935, respectively. ATC Group Services pays the lowest at around $42,016. Eurofins and Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $52,719 and $57,750, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Staff Scientists?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Staff Scientists?

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 $52,317 based on 117 salaries. An early career Staff Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,833 based on 562 salaries. A mid-career Staff Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $83,542 based on 376 salaries. An experienced Staff Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $98,145 based on 282 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $108,313.
Employees with Staff Scientist in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 49.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Bethesda, Maryland (27.8% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (16.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (19.4% less) and Seattle, Washington (10.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,446 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.1%
Early Career
38.9%
Mid Career
26.0%
Experienced
19.5%
Late Career
7.5%

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