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Senior Scientist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$98,000
$71,000
$98,000
$135,000
Senior scientists in the United States make an average salary of $98,994 per year or $47.59 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $72,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $136,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, Nevada, California, Connecticut, and New Jersey provide the highest senior scientist salaries.
Best Paying Cities
San Jose, CA
$130,387
Rahway, NJ
$122,245
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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 Location

While a senior scientist can average a salary of $98,994 per year, or $47.59 per hour, there are many opportunities for senior scientists to make more. For example, in San Jose, CA you might make $130,387 per year. Other high-paying locations include Ridgefield, CT, Rahway, NJ and Rockville, MD. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Jose, CA where the average starting salary is $88,000. The highest paying states for senior scientists include Hawaii, Nevada and California. Meanwhile, Kansas, Michigan, and West Virginia offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA
$130,387
$130k
Ridgefield, CT
Ridgefield, CT
$123,060
$123k
Rahway, NJ
Rahway, NJ
$122,245
$122k
Rockville, MD
Rockville, MD
$106,912
$107k
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$102,277
$102k
Bridgewater, MA
Bridgewater, MA
$100,365
$100k
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN
$99,735
$100k
Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA
$92,633
$93k
Durham, NC
Durham, NC
$91,552
$92k
Albany, NY
Albany, NY
$91,144
$91k

High Paying Senior Scientist Jobs

Average Senior Scientist Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a senior scientist, being employed by a company such as Microsoft or Apple would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Adobe and Netflix also report highly competitive salaries for 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

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    Average Senior Scientist Pay By Industry

    The salary for a senior scientist can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for senior scientists tend to be found in telecommunication, health care, and technology companies. In fact, senior scientists can make a yearly salary of $115,228 while working for telecommunication companies.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Telecommunication
    Telecommunication
    $115,228
    $115k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $106,188
    $106k
    Technology
    Technology
    $101,935
    $102k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $94,343
    $94k
    Pharmaceutical
    Pharmaceutical
    $87,835
    $88k

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    $35,568
    $35,568
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    $100,176
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    Saint Louis, MO
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    $53,830
    $53,830
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