Salary for Molecular and Cellular Biologists

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Scientists specializing in molecular and cellular biology study the function and organization of cells and organelles. They may isolate specific amino chain acids such as DNA or RNA, clone cells, or conduct experiments to study cell behavior and function. In addition to their function as researchers and investigators, these professionals may teach and guide undergraduate and graduate students. Doctoral degrees are generally required for this position, although a fair number of molecular and cellular biologists only have Bachelor's degrees.

A Molecular or Cellular Biologist gets a salary of between $49,060 and $137,030 depending on the level of education. will normally get an average salary of eigthy-nine thousand nine hundred and ten dollars annually.

have the highest average potential salary in District of Columbia, where they earn average job salaries of close to about $130,350. People with this job title can make the highest salaries in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can earn wages of $99,330.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 58.24 percent nationwide in that time.


Molecular and Cellular Biologists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Health Care and Social Assistance
Public Administration
Wholesale Trade

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Wholesale Trade