Salary Scale for Biotechnology Majors with a 4-Year Degree

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Salary for Biotechnology Majors

Biotechnology is a rapidly expanding field that utilizes organisms for technological advancement in medicine, agriculture and other fields. Salaries for biotechnology majors vary depending on specialty, employer, and years of experience. Sources that report earnings, such as PayScale, list salaries for biotechnology graduates with a 4-year degree by area of specialty, because salaries by job title specifically for those with an undergraduate degree are limited. PayScale also reported earnings by years of experience and employer type. With that in mind, let's take a look at some various salary information gathered from the PayScale.com site in March 2016.

Salary by Area of Specialty

The median salary for professionals with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology by area of specialty are as follows:

Career Field Typical Median Salary
Research Analysis $56,496
Biotechnology $53,500
Molecular Biology $45,000
Quality Control $56,000
Data Analysis $52,000

Source: PayScale.com (2016)

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Salary by Years of Experience

Let's now take a look at the median salary by years of experience for those with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. Please note that these figures are based on a very small number of respondents.

Length of Employment Typical Median Salary
Less than 1 year $48,980
1-4 years $49,914
5-9 years $58,187
10-19 years $119,609
20 years or more $106,000

Source: PayScale.com (2016)

Salary by Employer Type

Moving on, we will go over the median salaries for holders of a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology according to employer type. Again, these wages are based on a small pool of respondents.

Employer Typical Median Salary
Government $61,000
Company $65,676
College/University $35,500
Private Firm $38,000

Source: PayScale.com (2016)

Depending on where you work and what position you hold, your salary as a biotechnology major could range from $35,500 to $119,609.

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