Senior Scientist Statistics in the US

The average employee age for senior scientists is 40 years. The senior scientist workforce reached a whopping 36,327 in 2020!

Among senior scientists, we discovered that 25.8% of them are women, while 59.1% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among senior scientists is White, which makes up 52.0% of all senior scientists. Comparatively, there are 30.8% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Senior scientists are also more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, senior scientists are more likely to find a job in the pharmaceutical industry.

From where do we know all information about senior scientist demographics? We analyzed 10,674 senior scientists resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Senior Scientist Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as senior scientists. Keep reading to find out what the results for senior scientists were.

Senior Scientist Gender Ratio

Among senior scientists, 25.8% of them are women compared to 59.1% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 59.1%
  • Female, 25.8%
  • Unknown, 15.1%

Senior Scientist Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among senior scientists is White, which makes up 52.0% of all senior scientists. Comparatively, there are 30.8% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 52.0%
  • Asian, 30.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 8.1%
  • Black or African American, 5.8%
  • Unknown, 3.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Senior Scientists

The chart below shows that 18.9% of senior scientists speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 12.8% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 11.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 18.9%
  • French, 12.8%
  • Chinese, 11.8%
  • German, 11.8%
  • Russian, 9.5%
  • Other, 35.2%

Senior Scientist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among senior scientists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Senior Scientist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the senior scientist position over time.


Senior Scientist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of senior scientists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of senior scientists based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Senior Scientist

By looking over 10,674 senior scientists resumes, we figured out that the average senior scientist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 30%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Senior Scientist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of senior scientist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of senior scientists is 40+ years old, which represents 46% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Senior Scientists with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, field agronomist and procurement forester have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Animal Behaviorist22%78%
Public Health Microbiologist25%70%
Collector Of Aquarium Specimens25%70%
Senior Scientist59%26%
Forestry Consultant86%7%
Procurement Forester87%8%
Field Agronomist87%6%
Field Agronomist
Procurement Forester
Forestry Consultant
Senior Scientist
Collector Of Aquarium Specimens
Public Health Microbiologist
Animal Behaviorist

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Senior Scientists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to senior scientists.

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Job Titleascdesc
Research And Development Chemist7.15%
Environmental Technician11.26%
Fish Conservationist18.62%
Senior Scientist21.10%
Clinical Fellow34.48%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Senior Scientist?

Male Income
Female Income

Senior Scientist Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Black or African American men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Senior Scientist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Bachelor's Degree$94,456
Master's Degree$100,131
Doctorate Degree$102,839

Senior Scientist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Senior Scientist Heatmaps

Where Do Senior Scientists Earn The Most?

The map here shows where senior scientists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Senior Scientists Located?

By looking through more than 10,674 resumes, we found that the most popular places for senior scientists are CA, San Diego and MA, Cambridge.

Number of Senior Scientists

Where Are Senior Scientists In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country senior scientists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Senior Scientist Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ senior scientists. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most senior scientists is the pharmaceutical industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire senior scientists.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Senior Scientist Work In

Employees with the senior scientist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most senior scientists prefer to work at public companies over private companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ senior scientists. Those industries include pharmaceutical, health care and manufacturing.

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Health Care

Fortune 500



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