Senior Scientist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$98,000
$71,000
Min 10%
$98,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Average Experience Level
4.9 years
How much does a senior scientist make?
The national average salary for a Senior Scientist in the U.S. is $98,994 annually or $47.59 hourly. The top 10 percent make over $136,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 per year. Pharmaceutical companies and Health Care companies are the best when it comes to the number of employment opportunities. Some of the states with the best Senior Scientist salaries are Hawaii, Nevada, California, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Most Senior Scientists spend 4.9 years in the position.
Annual Salaries For Related Jobs
Scientist
$74,449

Average Senior Scientist Salary By Location

Senior Scientists in the United States of America make on average $98,994 a year or $47.59 per hour. The top city when it comes to Senior Scientist salaries is San Jose, CA at $130,387 per year. Even as an entry-level Senior Scientist, you will make $88,000 per year in San Jose, CA. Hawaii, Nevada, California, Connecticut, and New Jersey are the highest paying states. Kansas, Michigan, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Nebraska have the lowest reported salaries for Senior Scientists.

Map of Senior Scientist Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Senior Scientists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Senior Scientist Salary By Company

Senior Scientist jobs offer good job security, but the wages reported in some industries are higher than others. Pharmaceutical companies and Health Care companies have the most job opportunities for Senior Scientists. The two companies that report the highest salaries for Senior Scientists are Microsoft and Apple. If you can find a job at a company like Adobe or Netflix, they also offer very competitive salaries to their Senior Scientists.
Company
Average Salary
$172,123
$172k
$167,505
$168k
$160,855
$161k
$160,571
$161k
$155,765
$156k
$154,256
$154k
$153,643
$154k
$152,179
$152k
$152,058
$152k

Average Senior Scientist Pay By Industry

The type of industry that a Senior Scientist works in can influence their earning potential. Our analysis shows that Health Care companies, Pharmaceutical companies, and Technology companies pay higher-than-average wages for Senior Scientists. Health Care companies pay Senior Scientists an average salary of $105,843, Pharmaceutical companies pay $98,533, and Technology companys come in at $98,050. The average salary for Senior Scientists in the Manufacturing industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $96,982.
Industry
Average Salary
Health Care
Health Care
$105,843
$106k
Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
$98,533
$99k
Technology
Technology
$98,050
$98k
Telecommunication
Telecommunication
$97,660
$98k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$96,982
$97k

Senior Scientist Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Recently Added Senior Scientist Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
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$56,867
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$85,000
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$122,200
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$80,000
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$53,830
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03/04/2020
$56,867
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$54,161
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$50,466
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$93,000
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$75,000
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