How much does a Lead Scientist make?

Updated Jun 12, 2021

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$115,514 /yr
Average Base Pay

211 salaries

$82K

Low

$116K

Average

$162K

High

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The national average salary for a Lead Scientist is $115,514 in United States. Filter by location to see Lead Scientist salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 211 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Lead Scientist employees.

Seniority Levels

L4
Lead Research Scientist$125,274 /yr
L5
Principal Research Scientist$140,429 /yr
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GE Global Research
3.9

GE Global Research

Lead Scientist

$124,612

 /yr
Range: $99K - $160K
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$99K

$160K

$99,475 - $160,149 Range

Catalent Pharma
3.5

Catalent Pharma

Lead Scientist

$87,932

 /yr
Range: $74K - $106K

$74K

$106K

$74,450 - $105,507 Range

Booz Allen Hamilton
4.2

Booz Allen Hamilton

Lead Scientist

$112,116

 /yr
Range: $92K - $152K

$92K

$152K

$92,486 - $151,500 Range

GE
3.9

GE

Lead Scientist

$122,774

 /yr
Range: $102K - $147K

$102K

$147K

$101,507 - $147,244 Range

SABIC
4.1

SABIC

Lead Scientist

$151,483

 /yr
Range: $104K - $237K

$104K

$237K

$103,980 - $236,512 Range

Honeywell
3.7

Honeywell

Lead Scientist

$132,871

 /yr
Range: $126K - $136K

$126K

$136K

$126,367 - $136,153 Range

Kimberly-Clark
4

Kimberly-Clark

Lead Scientist

$90,803

 /yr
Range: $87K - $108K

$87K

$108K

$86,895 - $108,062 Range

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Kalsec
4

Kalsec

Lead Scientist

$94,292

 /yr
Range: $90K - $98K

$90K

$98K

$90,400 - $97,742 Range

Covance
3.9

Covance

Lead Scientist

$92,638

 /yr
Range: $92K - $103K

$92K

$103K

$91,873 - $103,446 Range

Mylan Inc
3.6

Mylan Inc

Lead Scientist

$115,388

 /yr
Range: $107K - $123K

$107K

$123K

$106,962 - $122,523 Range

FICO
3.9

FICO

Lead Scientist

$155,104

 /yr
Range: $155K - $158K

$155K

$158K

$155,000 - $157,651 Range

Thermo Fisher Scientific
3.8

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Lead Scientist

$72,426

 /yr
Range: $63K - $120K

$63K

$120K

$62,665 - $119,948 Range

Aquatic Energy

Lead Scientist

$60,096

 /yr
Range: $60K - $160K

$60K

$160K

$60,021 - $160,039 Range

Raytheon BBN Technologies
3.7

Raytheon BBN Technologies

Lead Scientist

$209,998

 /yr
Range: $185K - $215K

$185K

$215K

$185,072 - $214,919 Range

Xencor
3.8

Xencor

Lead Scientist
About 

$113K -$126K

$113K

$126K

$112,784 - $126,482 Range

Momentive Performance Materials
3.9

Momentive Performance Materials

Lead Scientist
About 

$118K -$155K

$118K

$155K

$118,164 - $155,321 Range

Synthego
3.3

Synthego

Lead Scientist
About 

$149K -$164K

$149K

$164K

$148,743 - $163,657 Range

Brammer Bio
3.1

Brammer Bio

Lead Scientist
About 

$67K -$118K

$67K

$118K

$67,211 - $118,307 Range

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$49K

$99K

$48,572 - $99,070 Range

Soar Tech
2.9

Soar Tech

Lead Scientist
About 

$128K -$187K

$128K

$187K

$127,527 - $186,629 Range

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Frequently asked questions about Lead Scientist salaries

The average salary for a Lead Scientist is $115,514 in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 211 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Lead Scientist employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Lead Scientist in United States is $161,808 per year.

The lowest salary for a Lead Scientist in United States is $82,465 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent lead scientist salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$151,500
per year
A Lead Scientist in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $151,500 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$155,000
per year
A Lead Scientist in the San Diego, CA Area area reported making $155,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
San Diego, CA Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public
$75,000
per year
A Lead Scientist in the Portland, ME Area area reported making $75,000 per year
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Portland, ME Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$100,000
per year
A Lead Scientist in the Boston, MA Area area reported making $100,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Boston, MA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Private
$119,000
per year
A Lead Scientist in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $119,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$91,748
per year
A Lead Scientist in the Boston, MA Area area reported making $91,748 per year
Additional Pay
$9k cash bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Boston, MA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$234,995
per year
A Lead Research Scientist in the Santa Cruz, CA Area area reported making $234,995 per year
Additional Pay
$18k cash bonus
$800k stock bonus
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Santa Cruz, CA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$80,658
per year
A Lead Scientist in the Raleigh-Durham, NC Area area reported making $80,658 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Raleigh-Durham, NC Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$27
hourly
A Lead Scientist in the Charleston, SC Area area reported making $27 per hour
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Charleston, SC Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
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