Salary for Biochemists and Biophysicists

Also known as:  Biochemist, Biological Chemist, Biophysicist, Clinical Biochemist, Physical Biochemist

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Professionals in these occupations apply principles of chemistry, physics, math and biology to the study of the chemical composition and physical properties of living cells. They conduct studies which may involve the isolation of specific compounds or chemicals, determine the shape or behavior of molecules within living organisms, identify genetic mutations, and the behavior of hormones, enzymes and other compounds on organism functions. If working in the academic sector, they may assist in the instruction and guided research of graduate and undergraduate students. A doctorate in a related discipine is normally required for this position, although some biochemists and biophysicists may only have their Bachelor's or Master's degrees.

A BioChemist or BioPhysicist usually receives average salaries in a range of 64000 - 96000 based on levels of tenure. Biochemists and Biophysicists can receive a compensation of Eighty Nine Thousand Two Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Biochemists and Biophysicists can make the most money in Pennsylvania, where they earn average pay of about $105320. Professionals that work in this career have the most lucrative average salary level in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they can receive average pay levels of $111130.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 24.33 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Biochemists and Biophysicists tend to make the most in the following industries
Management of Companies and Enterprises $111,130
Health Care and Social Assistance $110,680
Wholesale Trade $95,080
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $90,000
Manufacturing $87,820
Educational Services $62,500
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $60,410
Educational Services $62,500
Manufacturing $87,820
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $90,000
Wholesale Trade $95,080
Health Care and Social Assistance $110,680
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