Updated August 18, 2021
Average Senior Scientist Salary
$106,000 yearly
$51.35 hourly

Entry level Salary
$81,000 yearly
$81,000
10 %
$106,000
Median
$140,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$140,000
$11,667
$67
75th Percentile
$123,000
$10,250
$59
Average
$106,814
$8,901
$51
25th Percentile
$92,000
$7,667
$44
10th Percentile
$81,000
$6,750
$39

Average Senior Scientist Salary By State

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Senior Scientist average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$75,629
$36.36
Alaska
$109,772
$52.77
Arizona
$116,895
$56.20
Arkansas
$91,570
$44.02
California
$129,698
$62.35
Colorado
$75,418
$36.26
Connecticut
$120,425
$57.90
Delaware
$108,409
$52.12
District of Columbia
$91,239
$43.86
Florida
$89,039
$42.81
Georgia
$70,926
$34.10
Hawaii
$92,427
$44.44
Idaho
$88,417
$42.51
Illinois
$84,746
$40.74
Indiana
$82,315
$39.57
Iowa
$71,030
$34.15
Kansas
$67,194
$32.30
Kentucky
$79,604
$38.27
Louisiana
$81,227
$39.05
Maine
$108,578
$52.20
Maryland
$106,979
$51.43
Massachusetts
$99,979
$48.07
Michigan
$69,455
$33.39
Minnesota
$98,214
$47.22
Mississippi
$72,362
$34.79
Missouri
$54,282
$26.10
Montana
$71,054
$34.16
Nebraska
$68,638
$33.00
Nevada
$141,100
$67.84
New Hampshire
$93,559
$44.98
New Jersey
$120,103
$57.74
New Mexico
$99,926
$48.04
New York
$93,209
$44.81
North Carolina
$86,187
$41.44
North Dakota
$65,861
$31.66
Ohio
$77,980
$37.49
Oklahoma
$78,195
$37.59
Oregon
$100,933
$48.53
Pennsylvania
$106,925
$51.41
Rhode Island
$112,998
$54.33
South Carolina
$71,134
$34.20
South Dakota
$74,195
$35.67
Tennessee
$69,328
$33.33
Texas
$81,907
$39.38
Utah
$75,704
$36.40
Vermont
$91,097
$43.80
Virginia
$91,771
$44.12
Washington
$111,813
$53.76
West Virginia
$62,615
$30.10
Wisconsin
$68,359
$32.86
Wyoming
$75,289
$36.20

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Highest Paying Cities For Senior Scientist

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Francisco, CA
$135,299
$65.05
Ridgefield, CT
$120,400
$57.88
Rahway, NJ
$120,377
$57.87
Seattle, WA
$113,590
$54.61
Bristol, PA
$108,656
$52.24
Rockville, MD
$106,247
$51.08

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How much does a Senior Scientist make?

  • The average senior scientist makes $106,814 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a senior scientist is $51.35.
  • The average entry-level senior scientist salary is $81,000.
  • Highest paying states for senior scientist are Nevada ($141,100), California ($129,698), Connecticut ($141,100) and New Jersey ($141,100).
  • Highest paying cities for senior scientist are San Francisco, CA ($135,299), Ridgefield, CT, Rahway, NJ, Seattle, WA and Bristol, PA.
  • Senior scientists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $81,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $140,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $123,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $92,000
  • Industries with the highest senior scientist salaries are telecommunication, health care and manufacturing.

Average Senior Scientist Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $107,000
    $51.35
    +3.2%
    2020
    $103,000
    $49.71
    +1.9%
    2019
    $101,000
    $48.76
    -2.1%
    2018
    $104,000
    $49.80
    +2.8%
    2017
    $101,000
    $48.40
    +0.1%

    How Much Do Senior Scientists Make In Different Industries?

    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 manufacturing companies. In fact, senior scientists can make a yearly salary of $148,494 while working for telecommunication companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Senior Scientist SalarySenior Scientist Salary Range
    1Telecommunication
    $148,494
    $88k
    $160k
    2Health Care
    $107,343
    $88k
    $160k
    3Manufacturing
    $107,047
    $88k
    $160k
    4Pharmaceutical
    $103,876
    $88k
    $160k

    High Paying Senior Scientist Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Research Fellow

    Avg. salary: $49,120

    A research fellow is an academic researcher who conducts research and analysis of comprehensive literature, data, and results and provides literature reviews. He/She supervises research assistants and recruits study participants to interview them for a particular study. To become a research fellow, a candidate should have a doctorate in a relevant discipline and publish peer-reviewed papers. Also, a research fellow can be an independent investigator or be supervised by a principal investigator.
    54,983 Research Fellow Jobs
    Quality Control Analyst

    Avg. salary: $62,045

    Quality assurance representatives are professionals who are responsible for ensuring the quality of units produced or manufactured is following the standards set by the industry. These representatives supervise the entire production process to identify erroneous methods or tools being used by workers and observing produced for visible defects. They are required to perform various tests to check for the durability of the product and other desirable characteristics. Quality assurance representatives must also collaborate with the manufacturing engineer to implement quality control programs and preparing training manuals and quality guidelines.
    75,061 Quality Control Analyst Jobs
    Chemist

    Avg. salary: $60,376

    Chemists are generally responsible for observing and investigating chemical substances to create new and safe compounds essential for practical applications. They are often grouped depending on a particular area of specialization to focus and understand the complexities of the matter. A chemist usually takes time performing research and conducting experiments to test and further improve the quality and usage of a specific chemical substance. Chemists are expected to write on their observations and findings to establish scientific results.
    13,387 Chemist Jobs
    Laboratory Analyst

    Avg. salary: $47,557

    A Laboratory Analyst helps conduct experiments, run laboratory tests, and analyze results. They compile and record data for the documentation needed for testing and report preparation.
    48,588 Laboratory Analyst Jobs
    Quality Control Chemist

    Avg. salary: $54,416

    A Quality Control Chemist uses chemistry lab skills to test and measure materials, usually in a manufacturing or pharmaceutical field. They analyze samples using scientific equipment, prepare study protocols, collect data, and identify and investigate abnormal test results.
    80,489 Quality Control Chemist Jobs
    Research And Development Chemist

    Avg. salary: $71,304

    A research and development chemist primarily works at laboratories to conduct extensive tests and experiments aiming to develop new products and technologies. Although the extent of their duties may vary, it typically revolves around conducting research and studies, observing chemical reactions, maintaining records and databases, collaborating with fellow experts, and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of existing components or mixtures. They can find employment in different areas, such as manufacturing companies, private laboratories, government agencies, and even education.
    83,677 Research And Development Chemist Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Research Fellow
    $49,120
    $4,093
    $23.62
    54,983
    Quality Control Analyst
    $62,045
    $5,170
    $29.83
    75,061
    Chemist
    $60,376
    $5,031
    $29.03
    13,387
    Laboratory Analyst
    $47,558
    $3,963
    $22.86
    48,588
    Quality Control Chemist
    $54,417
    $4,535
    $26.16
    80,489
    Research And Development Chemist
    $71,305
    $5,942
    $34.28
    83,677
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    Which Companies Pay Senior Scientists The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a senior scientist, being employed by a company such as Nvidia or Adobe would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Microsoft and Motorola Solutions also report highly competitive salaries for senior scientists.
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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Ibotta
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    08/31/2021
    $90,000
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    $144,000
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    Pfizer
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    $80,000
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    $201,600
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    $110,200
    08/28/2021
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    $201,600
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    $50,000
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    Average Senior Scientist Salary by Demographic

    Senior Scientist Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $100,071
    female-income
    Female Income
    $98,770
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$100,071
    Female$98,770
    Median Senior Scientist Income by Race
    Black or african american senior scientists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino senior scientists have the lowest average salary at $97,389.
    $105,000
    $84,000
    $63,000
    $42,000
    $21,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$99,006
    Black or African American$100,791
    Asian$99,507
    Hispanic or Latino$97,389
    Average Senior Scientist Salary by Education Level
    Senior scientists with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $101,440 annually. With a Masters degree, senior scientists earn a median annual income of $98,770 compared to $93,172 for senior scientists with an Bachelors degree.
    $105,000
    $84,000
    $63,000
    $42,000
    $21,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$98,770
    Bachelor's Degree$93,172
    Doctorate Degree$101,440